Peter Navarro Says Vaccine Mandates ‘Never Would Have Happened’ Under Trump

During an interview on Newsmax on Monday, Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro asserted that the COVID mandates and restrictions implemented under the Biden administration “would never have happened” if former President Donald Trump were still in office.

“The idea that it would be a crapshoot where the World Health Organization could decide whether to give us a dystopian scenario for monkeypox or something else, or the other scenario of herd immunity again,” Navarro said on Eric Bolling’s Newsmax show “The Balance.”

“One million people do not trust the World Health Organization,” he added. “They do not trust Tony Fauci. They do not trust the National Institute of Health. And why? For good reason. All of those institutions let the American people down, and not only that, [but they also] killed Americans. So, this is a serious situation. But look, elections have consequences. This never would have happened in the Trump White House.”

Navarro noted that the Trump administration went into the pandemic in 2020 not knowing much about COVID, but learned “a lot” in the months following the outbreak, and how to best handle the situation. He also claimed that the overall vaccine strategy implemented by the Biden administration was incorrect, stating that the treatment should have been focused on people who were at risk rather than just trying to force it on the American public in general.

“We’ve learned a lot about this particular virus,” Navarro said. “We’ve learned that the herd immunity strategy is far superior. We’ve learned that a vaccine strategy should be a parsimonious one where only the people who are most at risk should be given the choice of that, that you don’t jab our kids, you don’t jab healthy soldiers, you don’t force truck drivers and policemen to do that, at the risk of losing their jobs. We’ve learned all of that.”

He went on to say that the push to implement vaccine passports has little to do with actually keeping people safe, but instead is a ploy to exercise control over the American people.

“There are people around this country, the woke left, the liberal left,” Navarro said. “I think they see these vaccine passports as not just a way of addressing a health issue in a meaningful way, but it’s control.”

He also touted the success of less restrictive states such as Florida, noting that they fared much better during the pandemic than more restrictive states like New York, which instituted lockdowns and vaccine mandates.

According to Navarro, a herd immunity strategy — similar to what Sweden did — was the better choice compared to lockdowns similar to those implemented in communist China and even Australia.

“The jury is not still out on that,” he said. “The jury’s in, and Sweden’s strategy worked far better. Far better.”