White House Fends Off Questions About Asking Trump To Do Vaccine Outreach To Republicans

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White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt fielded — but didn’t give direct answers to — a slew of questions Friday about vaccine outreach to Republicans, including whether anyone in the Biden administration had reached out to former President Donald Trump about doing a vaccine public service announcement.

The subject was first broached by NPR’s Tamara Keith, who asked about the recent revelation that Trump had quietly received his coronavirus vaccine while still in office and how he “seems like the perfect spokesman” to address vaccine hesitancy about Republican voters.

“Well, we’re glad that everybody who has taken the vaccine is talking about it, including him,” he responded. “We’ll also note that we have governors of both parties who have taken the vaccine, and who are being very public about it.”

He added that “many people are waiting their turn, but we find it helpful for everybody — I particularly like the Dolly Parton song, myself, it’s one of my favorites.”

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