2020-07-16 20:26:29 UTC
*House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at President Trump for his handling of
the coronavirus crisis saying he's like a 'man who refuses to ask for
*At her weekly press conference Thursday, Pelosi called on Trump to fully
utilize the Defense Production Act to increase COVID-19 testing and produce PPE
*'I yearn for other Republican presidents. While we may disagree on many points,
at least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our country.' she said
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at President Trump for his handling of the
coronavirus crisis while saying she wished she could be working with any other
former Republican president.
'Observing his behavior I have concluded he is like a man who refuses to ask for
directions,' Pelosi announced at the top of the weekly press conference
The California Democrat implored Trump to fully utilize the Defense Production
Act to increase the country's COVID-19 testing capacity and also provide
frontline responders with more personal protective equipment, as there are still
shortages, she said.
'The president has made so many bad executive decisions we wish he would make a
good executive decision and do that,' Pelosi told reporters.
She pointed out that 'all of the answers are there.'
'The scientists have the answers,' she continued. 'We know that testing,
tracing, treating, distancing, masking, sanitation can stop the spread of this
'And yet the president continues to go down the wrong path and refuses to ask
for directions from scientists who know better than any of us,' she added.
She said the testing delays - with some Americans not receiving COVID-19 test
result for one or two weeks - and continued PPE shortages amounted to a 'massive
dereliction of duty' at the hands of the president.
'People are dying,' Pelosi said.
Pelosi also ripped Trump for his insistence that children head back to school,
while the outbreak is ticking up in a majority of states.
She said it was personal because her youngest grandchild attended public school
in San Francisco.
'Instead of threatening schools, instead of the secretary of Education saying
children should take risks, astronauts take risks. Oh really? Oh really? ... the
very least the president could say is we're going to have the equipment
She knocked the broader Republican Party and Trump for suggesting things like
the $600 extra a week in unemployment benefits were too pricy for the country.
'Two trillion dollars that's what they added to the deficit to pass their tax
scam a copule years ago, which gave 83 per cent of the benefits to the top 1 per
cent,' Pelosi pointed out. 'They're in like a caste-system mode.'
And when she was told that Trump was hosting a White House event Thursday
afternoon focused on cutting more regulations, she went after him for his recent
decision to roll back part of the National Environmental Policy Act.
'I'll tell you this, he's done a lot of bad things,' she said. 'What does he do
but say, "I've got beans on my desk" and people cover that,' she said, a light
smack at the media.
She was referring to Trump posing with cans of Goya beans after liberals called
for a boycott for the CEO being complimentary of the president.
'He's going to rise up people from poverty by making them breath foul air. I
don't get it,' Pelosi also said.
The House speaker mentioned that NEPA was a Richard Nixon-era law.
'I yearn for other Republican presidents,' she said. 'While we may disagree on
many points, at least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our
Pelosi arrived in Congress in 1987, meaning that she served in Washington
alongside GOP Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush,
prior to Trump.
And as she previewed some of the bills Democrats planned to pass in the coming
weeks, she taunted Trump again at almost a whisper - as the president has
broadly objected to the removal of monuments, including Confederate statues.
'We're going to be passing bills next week or the next about removing statues
from the capitol of people who have committed treason against the United States
of America,' Pelosi said.