Trump Responds to Pelosi's ‘Morbidly Obese’ Comments: She ‘is a Sick Woman'
President unloads on House Speaker's derogatory comments
President Donald Trump blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after she referred to him as “morbidly obese” during an interview on CNN.
Pelosi told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Trump should not take hydroxychloroquine because he is “morbidly obese,” with her comments going unchallenged by Cooper.
But the House speaker failed to note the president's physician prescribed him the medication.
When Trump was asked about Pelosi’s derogatory comment, he said:
“I don’t respond to her, I think she’s a waste of time.”
“These people are sick. Pelosi is a sick woman, she’s got a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems."
"We’re dealing with people that have to get their act together for the good of the country.”
Reporter asks about Speaker Pelosi's "morbidly obese" comment.— CSPAN (@cspan) May 19, 2020
President Trump: "I don't respond to her. I think she's a waste of time...Pelosi is a sick woman. She's got a lot of problems a lot of mental problems."
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Morbid obesity is defined as "a serious health condition," according to New York's University of Rochester Medical Center.
Those who are morbidly obese struggle with basic physical functions such as breathing or walking due to their excess body weight.
“He’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group — morbidly obese, they say,” Pelosi said.
Speaker Pelosi just called President Trump “morbidly obese” on CNN.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 19, 2020
Pelosi later defended calling President Trump “morbidly obese," saying she didn't realize he would be “so sensitive” about his appearance.
“I didn’t know that he would be so sensitive. He’s always talking about other people’s … weight, their pounds,” Pelosi said during an interview Tuesday with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace.
“I think he should recognize that his words weigh a ton. Instead of telling people to put Lysol into their lungs or taking a medication that has not been approved except under certain circumstances, he should be saying what your previous guest mentioned, things that would help people,” Pelosi said.
But Pelosi's comment on Trump's weight was called into question by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standard.
As NewsThud reported:
After last year’s physical, the 6-foot-3-inch Trump weighed in at 243 pounds.
That gives him a body mass index of 30.4, which is over the threshold for what the public health organization labels “obese," according to the CDC.
The CDC defines three levels of obesity.
The highest level, Class 3, is sometimes called “morbid” or “severe” obesity,” but that requires a BMI of 40 or greater.