Nancy Pelosi Demands Public 'Ignores President Trump' on Coronavirus
House Speaker accuses President of deceiving the public
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked the American public to ignore President Donald Trump regarding the coronavirus pandemic while urging the people to listen to health experts.
The House Speaker accused Trump of undermining the country's ability to combat a global pandemic because of allegedly deceiving the public about the administration's development in the fight, and also dismantling certain public health offices.
Pelosi argued that this has resulted in "unnecessary deaths and economic disaster."
"We will overcome this moment, but success requires one fundamental from which all actions will follow: we need the truth," Pelosi wrote in a letter.
"The truth is, from this moment on, Americans must ignore lies and start to listen to scientists and other respected professionals in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones," she added.
As Neon Nettle reported on Monday, Trump shamed reporters over their reporting on the coronavirus by showing them a video of their failures at the White House press briefing.
The president first called out the recent New York Times report with the headline, “He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus.”
The piece claimed Trump was "warned about the potential for a pandemic ... [but] internal divisions, lack of planning, and his faith in his own instincts led to a halting response."
“We have a few clips that we’re just going to put up; we could just turn the lights down lower, I think you’ll find them interesting,” Trump said.
Trump also noted that his ban on travel from China came before a single case was reported in the United States.
"I am supposed to close down the greatest economy in the history of the world, and we don't have one case confirmed in the United States?" he asked his critics.
But Pelosi claimed Trump hesitated while the virus spread:
"The truth is that in January, Donald Trump was warned about this pandemic, ignored those warnings, took insufficient action and caused unnecessary death and disaster," she wrote Tuesday.
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The House Speaker also claimed that coronavirus testing kits and protective medical equipment are suffering from shortages.
"The President continues to obfuscate, saying we have more testing than any other country in the world," she said.
"The truth is that only 1 percent of Americans have been tested."
"The truth is a weak person, a poor leader, takes no responsibility," she wrote.
"A weak person blames others."
Fuelling the fire is Dr. Anthony Fauci, who accused Trump on CNN of ignoring his advice to institute social distancing in mid-February during, saying that lives “could have been saved.”
Trump later retweeted a post that had the hashtag #FireFauci.
The firey attacks come as the President moves to scale back the social distancing guidelines to help boost the economy into recovery mode.
Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-Ind.) added that promoting the economic rebound is more important than saving lives during an interview with Indianapolis's WIBC radio station.
“It is policymakers' decision to put on our big-boy and big-girl pants and say, ‘This is the lesser of these two evils,’” he said.
"That is our responsibility, and to abdicate that is to insult the Americans that voted us into office," he added.
Pelosi, on Tuesday, described Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic “almost sinful.”
“The more misrepresentations he puts out there, the more it obscures the truth,” Pelosi said.
“We have to insist upon the truth — what they’re saying is not knowledge, is not facts, is not real," Politico reported.