Ivanka Trump accepts ‘View’ host Joy Behar’s vaccine challenge

Electrical Apprentices Jeff Thompson, left, and Sylvia Tran, demonstrate a robotic training cell to Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, as she visits the GM Technical Learning University at the GM Tech Center Campus in Warren, Michigan, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press/TNS)
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By Brian Niemietz New York Daily News (TNS)

Line up the shots!

First daughter Ivanka Trump accepted a flippant challenge by “The View” host Joy Behar to take the first COVID-19 vaccine that legally hits the market.

The 38-year-old adviser to the president even said she’d come onto Behar’s ABC talk show to do it, though there’s no word of an invite.

President Donald Trump, hoping to win reelection in November, has told supporters a preventive measure for the pandemic that has killed nearly 200,000 Americans this year could be closer than the medical community previously predicted. He’s even hinted there could be one by Election Day, though there’s no known science to make that case.

On Wednesday, Behar went on TV to express skepticism over that prediction and worried the president might rush a vaccine to market that could be dangerous.

“He will push anything to get reelected,” Behar said. “Don’t fall for it. And by the way, I will take the vaccine after Ivanka takes it.”

She noted that vaccines for polio, the mumps and smallpox took years to develop and a COVID-19 fix is unlikely to be found 10 months after the first case was confirmed in the U.S.

On Thursday, the president’s eldest daughter tweeted a link to a Fox News article and wrote “Deal @JoyVBehar.”

She offered to come on the morning show, which is frequently critical of the Trump family, and get her inoculation live, just as soon as the Food and Drug Administration green-lights a vaccine.

“I trust the FDA and so should all Americans,” Ivanka wrote. “Vanquishing this virus should be our collective top priority.”

Ivanka’s declaration came a day after a recording of President Trump admitting he downplayed the dangers of the virus from the very start were made public by award-winning journalist Bob Woodward. The president — who has been widely criticized for mismanaging the pandemic — claims he withheld information that might have saved lives because he didn’t want to cause alarm.

“Calm, no panic!” he tweeted Thursday, using an exclamation point.

That tweet contended Woodward, who is not an elected official, had an obligation to release the February recording earlier if he felt the public was at risk.

The president spent months promoting the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, prompting the FDA to warn the public not to experiment with that drug. Poison control centers also reported a spike in people consuming household cleaning products after Trump suggested to medical experts during a press conference that injecting disinfectants into patients might work. He also speculated in spring that the summer weather might get rid of the highly contagious virus.

Behar didn’t engage Ivanka Thursday afternoon after her tweet, instead attacking the president whom she mocked for getting frustrated with reporters who accused him of misleading the public and blaming Woodward.

“Deflect and blame,” she tweeted, along with the word “resign.”

Russian president Vladimr Putin claimed last month that his country has developed the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine and that his daughter had taken it. Skepticism surrounds both claims.

U.S. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC News he hoped the Russians had proven their vaccine was safe and effective, but added, “I seriously doubt that they’ve done that.”

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