Pelosi: Trump Is to Blame for Most American COVID Deaths
House speaker continues the politicize the pandemic
Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that most of the coronavirus-related deaths in America were because of President Donald Trump.
Pelosi was asked by a reporter:
“Given all of the demand still out there that you’ve talked about, how large a package would you like to see President-Elect Biden introduce next year as President and how much money for state and local aid do you think should be in that package?”
“Well, we’ll make a judgment all the time about what the needs are."
"I think that when you see the surge and the Coronavirus, you know that we cannot just think it’s over or that we can ignore it," Pelosi said.
"The denial, the delay, the distortion, the calling it a hoax has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, not all of them attributed to President Trump, but most of them that could have been avoided,” she continued.
“So, this is a matter of life and death: the lives of the American people and the livelihood of our economy and their economic security,” she continued.
“So we’ll make a judgment as we go forward as to what has changed and what — what may be for the better or maybe for, the worse as we go forward.”
Pelosi's remarks come after Trump declared that he would not sign the recently-passed coronavirus relief bill into law until Congress includes $2000 stimulus checks for every American citizen.
The president blasted the "wasteful items" in the tacked-on spending package that was rushed through Congress the night before.
Trump slammed the bill as a "disgrace," saying he wants to see more money going to individuals and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and less in "wasteful spending."
Pelosi then tried to claim credit for Trump's demands for larger coronavirus stimulus checks for American citizens.
Pelosi had praised the $600 checks as “significant” just a day before.
Earlier this week, Pelosi refused to answer questions about why she opted to accept a smaller stimulus package now after she rejected a much larger deal from the Trump administration before the election.
CNN's Manu Raju said:
“Pelosi wouldn’t answer my question about why the $900 billion deal is more acceptable to her than the $1.8 trillion offer Mnuchin made to her this fall."
“Pelosi wouldn’t call on me at the press conference, which is becoming a pattern, even though just five reporters were there."