Ex-Vice President Mike Pence Scolds Biden Over Vax Mandates, Criticism of GOP Governors

© AP Photo / Michael ConroyIndiana Gov. Mike Pence announces that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services had approved the state's waiver request for the plan his administration calls HIP 2.0 during a speech in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announces that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services had approved the state's waiver request for the plan his administration calls HIP 2.0 during a speech in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.09.2021
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The president earlier said he was "disappointed" with the fact that several GOP governors threatened his administration with lawsuits over demanding that all federal workers and contractors be vaccinated against coronavirus.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has slammed President Joe Biden for issuing country-wide vaccination mandates and then "scolding" state governors and US citizens who refused to accept them. Pence argued that Biden's speech, in which POTUS argued that vaccination was not a matter of "freedom" or choice", was "unlike anything I’d ever heard from an American president".

"I mean, to have the President of the United States say that he’s been patient, but his patience is wearing thin - that's not how the American people expect to be spoken to by our elected leader. I mean, the president should simply continue as we’ve done - to lead by example, encourage people to take the vaccine."

Governor Mike Pence speaking with supporters at a campaign rally and church service at the Living Word Bible Church in Mesa, Arizona.    - Sputnik International
Mike Pence
Former US Vice President
The ex-vice president added that in his view America was "about freedom and the ability to make the best decision" whether it be for one's family or business.
President Joe Biden announced on 9 September that starting in mid-October all federal employees, as well as workers for federal contractors and sub-contractors, will be required to have a COVID-19 vaccination. The POTUS also said that an executive order was in the works to mandate vaccinations or weekly COVID-19 testing for all employees in companies that have over 100 workers.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Delta variant and his administration's efforts to increase vaccinations, from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 9, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.09.2021
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The new spate of measures, introduced to fight the Delta COVID-19 surge in the US, sparked outrage among many netizens, with #DictatorBiden and #IWillNotComply hashtags trending. Several Republican governors also opposed the vaccination mandates, while the head of the RNC vowed to sue the Biden administration over them.
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