- Stephen Moore, a conservative economist, said in a Sunday radio interview that President Donald Trump would step down loudly because of progress with the COVID-19 vaccines and the economy.
- Moore advertised how the president was dealing with the coronavirus with New York businessman John Katsimatidis.
- “I think he will leave the office triumphantly,” Moore told the president. “By the beginning of next year, we will have a vaccine that no one thought was possible.
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Stephen Moore, a conservative economist and close ally of President Donald Trump, said on Sunday that the president would leave the post “triumphantly”
Moore advertised how the president handled the coronavirus vaccine during a WABC 770 AM radio interview with New York businessman John Katsimatidis.
“I think (Trump) will leave the office triumphant,” Moore said. “By the beginning of next year, we will have a vaccine that no one thought was possible.
Moore, who compiled the book “Trumpomics” with economist Arthur Laffer, praised the president’s economic governance, ruling out the possibility of strong growth in the last few weeks of 2020.
“In fact, we could reach an economy in a positive territory from what it was a year ago,” he said.
Even as the U.S. economy saw a 7.4 percent increase in gross domestic product (GDP) in the third quarter of 2020, Congress’ inaction on additional stimulus measures threatens to hamper economic gains in 2021.
Last week, both Moderna and Pfizer announced that they had developed coronavirus vaccines with 94.5% and 95% efficacy rates, respectively, a major achievement in the fight against the virus.
Moderna was backed by nearly $ 2.5 billion in spending as part of the Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed,” which was set up to speed up the process of developing vaccines after the pandemic.
Moore enjoyed the positive news during the interview, acknowledging Trump as he struck President-elect Joe Biden with an unwarranted attack.
“It’s an incredible tribute to Operation Warp Speed,” he said. “There’s no way Joe Biden could do that. It will save hundreds of thousands of American lives and maybe tens of millions of lives worldwide.”
Biden was critical of Trump’s approach to the pandemic throughout the presidential campaign, and this was a leading issue for many of his supporters.
Moore then compared Trump to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, widely revered for his leadership during World War II. Churchill was prime minister from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955, with his Conservative Party losing majority control in parliament in 1945 but returning to power in 1951.
“Sometimes I think it is [Trump’s] like Winston Churchill, ‘said Moore. “Voters dumped Churchill several times, and he kept coming back.” Trump doesn’t need to … put a tail between his legs. If Biden is the one to be declared the winner, I think Trump is coming out triumphant, [US General] Douglas MacArthur some way out. “
Republican Sen. David Purdue of Georgia also once compared President Donald Trump to Winston Churchill. But Trump did not find this a compliment, as Business Insider reported in 2018. Purdue said the president was offended and even called on Purdue to notify him.