President Trump took a victory lap Thursday on the swift development of a coronavirus vaccine, a rebounding economy and other accomplishments from his administration.
â€œOver and over again we were told it would be impossible to deliver a vaccine by the end of the year,â€ Mr. Trump said in a video posted to social media. â€œWe did it â€” long before the end of the year.â€
The president called the vaccine development a â€œtruly unprecedented, amazing medical miracleâ€ and said the U.S. is shipping vaccines â€œall over the world.â€
â€œThe world will benefit, weâ€™ll benefit, and everybodyâ€™s calling to thank me,â€ he said.
He said the vaccine will be available to â€œevery Americanâ€ early next year.
He also highlighted the approximately $3 trillion in coronavirus relief Congress has authorized this year with the presidentâ€™s support.
He touted the 6.7% unemployment rate in the latest federal jobs report â€” down from a peak of 14.7% in April as the virus wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy.
Mr. Trump said forecasters had projected that the unemployment rate could have spiked to 45% in the throes of the virus-related economic damage.
â€œWhenever America is challenged, we always rise to the occasion,â€ he said.
Mr. Trump also touted new construction on the U.S.-Mexico border wall and recently brokered Middle East peace agreements.
The president traveled back from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida Thursday, skipping his typical New Yearâ€™s Eve celebration in Palm Beach.