President Trump made an appeal to seniors in Florida on Friday, saying older Americans will be “first in line” for a coronavirus vaccine.
Speaking indoors to several hundred people — some without masks — in Fort Myers, Mr. Trump said seniors are his biggest priority.
“I will protect you, I will defend you, and I will fight for you with every ounce of energy and conviction that I have,” Mr. Trump said. “As president, I am deeply aware that America’s 54 million seniors have borne the heaviest burden of the ‘China Virus.’ I feel their pain.”
He said the U.S. will overcome the pandemic, and he told the audience not to listen to “the professional pessimists.” Cases of COVID-19 have been rising in at least 40 states in the past two weeks, and the U.S. has surpassed 8 million infections.
“My message to America’s seniors today is one of optimism, confidence, and hope,” Mr. Trump said. “Your sacrifice has not been in vain. We are rounding the turn. I am moving heaven and earth to safeguard our seniors from the ‘China virus,’ to deliver life-saving therapies in record time, and to distribute a safe and effective vaccine before the end of the year. Seniors will be the first in line for the vaccine and we will soon end the pandemic.”
Public polls show the president losing significant support from seniors compared with four years ago, when he won the 65-and-older voting bloc.
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