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