Pelosi: I've Concluded Trump 'Is Like The Man Who Refuses to Ask For Directions'
House speaker slams president for coronavirus strategy
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has concluded that President Donald Trump is like the man who “refuses to ask for directions” after she urged him to invoke the Defense Production Act to extend COVID-19 testing across the US.
Democrat Pelosi argued that further coronavirus testing is necessary in order for schools to reopen safely by the fall.
The House Speaker accused the President of preventing the process by not invoking the Defense Production Act.
In April, Trump invoked the act to increase swab production for COVID-19 testing.
“I have concluded that he is like the man who refuses to ask for directions," Pelis said.
"All of the answers are there. The scientists have the answers,” Pelosi added.
“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.”
“We still don't have the needed testing and PPE, and the president refuses to use the full power of the Defense Production Act needed for reopening our schools, reopening our economy, and the rest.”
Pelosi said the Democrat's $3 trillion Heroes Act package including $75 billion was for coronavirus testing, isolation, and tracing provisions.
“Join us in asking the president to use executive action for good instead of ill as he has done and pass the Heroes Act … because across the country, the angst that people are reporting to us about the anxiety they have about their children, the decision as to whether to send their children to school,” she said.
Trump last week threatened to cut off funding if schools failed to reopen in the fall.
“In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!”
In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020
But Pelosi said she still wasn't happy with the President's reopening strategy.
“What does the president do? The negative," she said.
"We're not going to give you money unless you open up. No. You give people, schools, money to open up, and that is precisely what we do in the Heroes Act,” she said.
Last week, Pelosi accused Trump of "messing with the health of our children" due to the coronavirus.
Pelosi called the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's stance on reopening schools "malfeasance," arguing that reopening would put the health of students at risk.
"The president and his administration are messing with the health of our children," Pelosi said on CNN's State of the Union.
"We all want our children to go back to school," she added.
"Teachers do, parents do, and children do, but they must go back safely."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the Trump administration's push to restart in-person learning in schools is "messing with the health of our children" and that "going back to school presents the biggest risk for the spread of the coronavirus.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/qsAECfIGGc— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) July 12, 2020