Pelosi on Trump's coronavirus response: 'As the President fiddles, people are dying'

Elias Hubbard
March 30, 2020

The top Democrat in Congress says the government should be "taking every precaution" and that there needs to be more testing for the virus in place to determine if areas now showing fewer infections are truly at lower risk. "What the president, his denial in the beginning was deadly", Pelosi said in an exclusive interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "Union of State". "I don't know what the researchers told him, when did the president know about this and what did he know?"

The Speaker also criticized Trump for his remarks last week at the signing of the stimulus bill, when he said "just to think how life can change where you go, 20 to 22 days ago, everything is flawless. and then, one day, we get hit with this thing that nobody ever heard of before". "His delaying of having apparatus to the place it continues his delaying in getting apparatus to the place it is wanted, is fatal", Pelosi mentioned.

Tapper noted how Trump had previously "downplayed the risks" for weeks before directly asking the Speaker, "Are you saying his downplaying ultimately cost American lives?" "We had nearly 500 cases and 17 deaths already". And now I think the best thing to do would be to prevent more loss of life.

Areas like Manhattan in New York City, which has been hardest hit by the novel coronavirus in the United States, would not be impacted by the new guidelines, an official told Valencia.

But around that time, trump continued to mislead the public on the seriousness of the coronavirus, the number of testing kits, the virus's death rate, and the timeline of a possible vaccine - even as officials contradicted him.

Asked about her thoughts on the administration considering relaxing federal guidelines for less-affected parts of the country, Pelosi said the U.S. So it's doable. But it's only doable if you puts tools in place.

On Friday, Trump signed a historic one bipartisan stimulus package of $ 2 trillion in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Some have criticized the bill, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

When asked about Cuomo's comment, Pelosi said, "We must do more".

Polling shows most Americans do not agree with Pelosi's criticism, however, as 60 percent of Gallup respondents said they approve of Trump's handling of the crisis.

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