Pelosi: Trump 'Invited' Coronavirus By Not Wearing A Mask
'Brazen invitation for something like this to happen'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump gave a “brazen invitation” to the coronavirus by “going into crowds unmasked.”
Speaker Pelosi was speaking in response to the president's COVID-19 diagnosis on Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s ”Live.”
“Of course, as with everyone, we all received that news with great sadness," Pelosi said.
"I always pray for the president and his family that they’re safe," she added.
"I continue to do so more intensified, and I know that he’ll have the best of care, and that’s what we want for everyone in our country.”
“I hope this will be a moment where people will understand that what we have in our HEROES bill and have had in our conversations over and over is, we must have testing, tracing, treatment," Pelosi said.
"We must have spatial distancing. We must be wearing our masks," she continued.
"We must have sanitation because it can help crush the virus and stop the spread," she added.
Speaker Pelosi says Pres. Trump’s behavior during pandemic “was a brazen invitation for something like this to happen,” adds that his positive test is "very sad" and that she's "nonetheless hopeful that it will be a transition to a saner approach to what this virus is all about.” pic.twitter.com/mLHDag0kBe— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 2, 2020
"So maybe now that people who see the president of the United States with all the protection that he has and the first lady still having this exposure, it might be, as you say, a learning experience," Pelosi added.
"But more than learning, it has to be something that is acted upon.
"This is tragic. It’s very sad. But it also is something that, again, going into crowds, unmasked and all the rest was sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen," she said.
"Sad that it did, but nonetheless, hopeful that it will be a transition to a saner approach to what this virus is all about.”
Pelosi's remarks come just over a month after she was caught breaching COVID-19 restrictions to visit the shuttered salon after security footage emerged of her getting her hair done without wearing a mask.
Pelosi claimed at the time she was "tricked" into breaching the lockdown order by the salon and even demanded an apology.
Weeks after the incident, Pelosi blasted Republicans saying they “don’t believe in science" because they have not “gone with the testing, tracing, treatment, isolation, mask-wearing, etc.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein was also caught not wearing a mask at an airport just months after she demanded in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration that “all airport and airline employees and passengers” wear masks.