Nancy Pelosi: Trump Is Fiddling While ‘America Burns’
'My caucus is standing together on this'
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted President Donald Trump saying he is “fiddling while Rome burns, while America burns” regarding the delayed negotiations on the next coronavirus relief package.
“My caucus is standing together on this," Pelosi said,
"I invite any ideas that they have. I welcome them. There are a number of letters for one aspect or another," Pelosi added.
"I welcome that. But of course, we all want the negotiations to continue but not just what the administration wants, but what the country needs," she continued.
"Today marks the 100th day since we passed the HEROES Act, so-called to support our health care workers, our teachers, our first responders, our transportation, our sanitation, our food workers," Pelosi said.
"And the White House says, what they say to us is why should one state help another state that may have needs?" she asked.
"Well, we welcome them to the United States of America.”
“It has a strategic plan to crush the virus which they have ignored. Since we passed our bill, over 4 million more people have been added to the infection list because they paused," Pelosi added.
“Let us remember that it is a service. No business that I can think of would ever be saddled with what we've done to the Postal Service,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi says as the House is set to vote on sending $25 billion to the Postal Service. https://t.co/BKtx5RzXgr pic.twitter.com/KVU2GkLJ8H— CNN (@CNN) August 22, 2020
"But over 80,000 more people have died because they paused. Could we have saved all of those lives and those diagnoses?" the House Speaker asked.
"Not all but many. So, again, when we go to putting money into people’s pockets, we have to do so, not in a bread and circus way, I’ll give you this, but I’m not giving you anything else," she added.
"This is like ancient Rome. Trump fiddles while Rome burns, while America burns," Pelosi stated.
"Trump gives bread and circuses without the bread. So we’ll see the circus of his convention well introduced by the words of his own family as to his lack of character and integrity."
Pelosi's remarks come as the House of Representatives voted 257-150 in favor of $25 billion in funding for the Postal Service.
Pelosi recently recalled members back to Washington D.C. to vote on a USPS bill amid the Democrats' push for mail-in voting for the November election.