Congressman Greg Steube said he is willing to work with the Biden administration

Now that President Joe Biden has been sworn into office, Congressman Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, said he plans to continue fighting for the Republican Party.

During an interview with WINK News, Steube spoke about the future of former President Donald Trump, the coronavirus vaccine and partisan gridlock.

Steube said he believes Trump will run once again for president or one of his family members will run for office. Steube was at a Friday event honoring a 9-year-old Punta Gorda girl who’s given flags to law enforcement officers.

One of his top priorities is getting the COVID-19 vaccine into the senior citizens that want it.

Steube said the city of Punta Gorda has a large number of seniors living in the country.

“We should be focusing the vaccines on cities and states that have a high likelihood of individuals who are over the age of 65,” Steube said. “Those are the people we know that are passing away and getting really bad COVID cases, why wouldn’t we want that population to get the vaccine.”

Steube said he’s not confident about Biden’s plan. He said he doesn’t think it’s a realistic goal to vaccinate 100 million people in 100 days.

“You’d have to see a huge ramp-up of what the pharmaceutical companies have been doing,” Steube said.

The Trump administration was hoping to meet a goal of 20 million vaccines distributed by the end of 2020, but fell short of that, the Associated Press reported.

Steube said he also questions the results of the 2020 election, but it’s time to move on.

“I myself have very serious concerns with the integrity of the election that happened,” Steube said. “But we are now at the point where the election results have been certified.”

“So I think we need to obviously realize that Joe Biden is the president now,” he added.

Steube said he plans to work with Democrats to try to improve the country. However, he is worried that won’t work out.

“I certainly am willing to work with any administration that wants to do what’s best for the American people,” he said, but “Based on the 10 executive orders he issued yesterday or the day before, I don’t agree with any of those. So at this point, I don’t know where there’s going to be some consensus on agreeing.”

Steube also said he doesn’t think Democrats are willing to work across party lines.

“You have a Democratic House a Democratic Senate, by one vote and a Democratic administration,” Steube said. “So the real question is going to be are they even going to work … with members in the minority party?”

Reporter:Morgan Rynor
Writer:Melissa Montoya
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