Mike Pompeo, a former secretary of state, criticized President Joe Biden for continuing to discharge military personnel who are not immunized even though Biden believes the coronavirus outbreak is “finished.”
“The outbreak is over,” stated Biden in a CBS News 60 Minutes interview.
Biden said that “the pandemic is over,” but continued, “We still have a problem with Covid. We are still working hard on it. The pandemic is finished, though.”
Army veteran Pompeo tweeted: “Biden now declares ‘the epidemic is finished’ while he’s pushing away tens of thousands of healthy soldiers with his COVID vaccination mandate.”
He said, “These troops have to be restored right away.”
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s order to have all troops have their vaccinations was given in August 2021, and the Pentagon is prepared to dismiss tens of thousands of soldiers who did not.
Nearly 8,000 soldiers have already received involuntary discharges from the military, and despite the June 30 deadline, tens of thousands of National Guard and Reserve personnel are still not immunized.
There are thousands more members of each military who are awaiting a decision on their claims for religious or medical exemptions.
According to a recent letter from 43 Republican lawmakers to Austin, the requirement has made recruiting much more difficult.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than 40% of men between the ages of 18 and 24 have declined to get the Covid-19 vaccine. That percentage exceeds 50% in the Southern United States, which accounts for 50% of all enlistments nationwide. Your vaccination requirement immediately disqualifies more than 40% of the Army’s target population from service across the board, as well as more than 50% of those living in the most promising recruitment areas.”
They said, “In the past, you have maintained that the mandate for the Covid-19 vaccination is essential for preparation, but mounting evidence raises serious doubts about your claim. We also know that natural immunity offers a superior defense against illness and mortality compared to the current Covid vaccinations, yet the Department continues to reject its use in place of immunization.”