Donald Trump has accused Democrats of not wanting a vaccine against COVID-19 before the election, fearing that it will boost the president's chances of winning a second term.
Speaking to Fox News for an interview aired on Sunday night, Trump discussed the fight against coronavirus, fears over mail-in voting, and accused his opponent Joe Biden once again of being barely coherent.
The interview was recorded before Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on Friday, and so host Mark Levin did not ask the president about the Supreme Court decision.
He opened his hour-long discussion with questions about coronavirus, as the United State edged towards the grim milestone of 200,000 dead.
Trump said he was confident the virus was going away, and was asked about Democrat attitudes towards a possible vaccine.
'They want to denigrate it, because they started hearing rumors about a vaccine in record time,' said Trump.
Donald Trump told Fox News' Mark Levin that Democrats did not want a quick COVID vaccine
The president said Democrats worried that a vaccine would boost Trump's election chances
'The reason they are doing this is because they think I'll get credit if we get a vaccine before the election.'
Trump said that his government had taken unprecedented steps to work for the speedy development of a vaccine.
'If this was a typical administration we wouldn't have a vaccine for two to three years,' he said. 'But I have changed it, safely. We have many companies doing it, in phase three trial.
'Instead of saying wow, this is great news, they are saying oh, it's coming out too soon, it won't be safe. These are big companies - they won't do that, they'll have tremendous liability.'
Trump said that seniors will be vaccinated first, prioritizing those with heart and respiratory conditions.
Trump said he is hopeful of a vaccine being ready soon and rolled out swiftly
Trump also used his interview to mock, once again, his rival in November, Joe Biden.
He said the Democrat candidate 'barely knows he's alive', and was incapable of responding to events.
'He's losing the left now because he never mentions the words law and order,' said Trump.
'What we did in Minneapolis was incredible. National Guard - we sent them in - it was over in half an hour. Every one of these cities that has these problems is run by Democrats.'