‘As the president fiddles, people are dying,’ she asserted on
Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, blasted the president for exacerbating the coronavirus crisis, claiming he denied the severity of the virus and delayed assistance for too long.
‘What the president – his denial at the beginning was deadly,’ the House Speaker said. ‘His delaying of getting equipment to where – it continues – his delaying getting equipment to where it’s needed is deadly.’
‘And now, I think the best thing would be to do is to prevent more loss of life rather than open things up so that – because we just don’t know,’ she continued, referencing Trump’s sentiments that he wants to end state-wide lockdowns as early as Easter to get the economy back up and running.
‘As the president fiddles, people are dying,’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused of the president Sunday morning
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union, Pelosi said it was not the right move for Donald Trump to consider opening back up states and areas that are perceivably less affected by the coronavirus outbreak
The president has suggested relaxing lock-downs and federal guidelines for areas not as hard-hit by the fast-spreading respiratory disease
‘We have to have testing, testing, testing – that’s what we said from the start – before we can evaluate what the nature of it is in some of these other regions, as well,’ she continued. ‘I don’t know what the purpose of that is.’
Pelosi also insinuated doubt over the information Trump was receiving from scientists and how much of that he is sharing with the public.
‘I don’t know what the scientists are saying to him,’ the California Democrats lamented. ‘What did he know and when did he know it? That’s for an after-action review.’
The House passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package on Friday and Trump signed it into law. Not even 24 hours later, however, the U.S. death toll from coronavirus doubled, reaching 2,000 this weekend.
In the days ahead of the death toll surge, Trump suggested relaxing federal guidelines for states and areas less affected by the virus – but Pelosi says this is a bad idea.
‘This is such a very, very sad time for us. So we should be taking every precaution,’ she told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The Speaker’s accusations come as the death toll in the U.S. from coronavirus doubled in just one day from 1,000 to more than 2,000
U.S. markets have been extremely shaky since the outbreak, fluctuating immensely as hopes of economic relief packages went in and out over the last few weeks. Some days the Dow fell 2,000 points and others it recovered just as much.
Unemployment claims also reached an all-time-high last week when 3.3 million people filed for benefits – shattering the record-low unemployment levels reached under Trump.
Despite the criticism over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak from Democratic lawmakers, Trump’s approval rating has surged to the highest of his presidency since the pandemic rocked the nation.
A poll released Friday from The Washington Post and ABC News showed Trump’s approval rating bumped up to 48 per cent, the first time that particular poll tracked the president having a bigger approval than disapproval.