Nancy Pelosi calls COVID the ‘Trump Virus’ and accuses him of letting people die by not acting sooner to fight it – The Sun

Nancy Pelosi calls COVID the ‘Trump Virus’ and accuses him of letting people die by not acting sooner to fight it – The Sun

July 22, 2020

HOUSE Speaker Nancy Pelosi has dubbed the coronavirus "the "Trump virus" in her latest jab against President Donald Trump.

Pelosi on Tuesday sharply criticized the Trump administration's response to the US outbreak on CNN hours after the president's White House briefing earlier that day.

"Well, I think with the president's comments today, he recognized the mistakes he has made by now embracing mask-wearing and the recognition this is not a hoax," she told Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room.

"It is a pandemic that has gotten worse before it will get better because of his inaction."

"In fact, clearly, it is the Trump virus," added Pelosi, who reiterated the phase later in the interview.

The Democratic leader was responding to Trump's first coronavirus briefing since April, during which he warned that the US outbreak will "get worse before gets better" as parts of the country grapple with spikes in cases.

"If he had said months ago, let's wear masks, let’s not — let’s socially distance instead of having rallies and whatever they were, then more people would have followed his lead," argued Pelosi.

"He's the president of the United States."

When asked by host Blitzer on whether she was asserting that the president's response caused 140,000 Americans to die from COVID-19, she said: "Yes, that's what I am saying. I think it's clearly evident."

Pelosi's pointed remarks are a major rebuke of Trump's handling of the US outbreak, which Democrats believe could have been attacked more aggressively by the White House.

Her criticisms, which focused on the president's early resistance to wear a face mask and barbs against health experts like Dr Anthony Fauci, have been intensified as coronavirus cases continue to surge in the South and West.

"We’re approaching 4 million. We’re approaching 4 million people infected, people affected by this, infected by it, and a large number, like 140,000, who have passed away," Pelosi said.

"If it's important to wear a mask now. It would have been important to wear it in March instead of telling us that by April we would all be going to church together. I wish that were the case, but he had no scientific basis for that.”

In a sharp about-face from his earlier stance against masks, Trump has recently expressed more openness to face coverings.

He tweeted a photo of himself wearing a mask while praising the action as "patriotic" on Monday.

"We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance," he wrote.

"There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!"

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