Appearing on CNN, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to COVID-19 as “The Trump Virus” and suggested thousands of Americans have died because of his response.
The Hill reports Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dubbed the coronavirus the “Trump virus” on Tuesday evening, ratcheting up her rhetoric over President Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
“Well, I think with the president’s comments today, he recognized the mistakes he has made by now embracing mask-wearing and the recognition this is not a hoax. It is a pandemic that has gotten worse before it will get better because of his inaction,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
“In fact, clearly, it is the Trump virus,” Pelosi added, reiterating the phrase later in the interview as well.
The Democratic leader was responding to the president’s briefing at the White House earlier Tuesday in which he praised the use of face masks and urged Americans to wash their hands and practice physical distancing to stem the spread of the disease.
During the briefing — the president’s first coronavirus-focused White House briefing in nearly three months — Trump also warned that the outbreak in the U.S. will “get worse before it gets better” amid surges in parts of the country.
“If he had said months ago, let’s wear masks, let’s not — let’s socially distance instead of having rallies and whatever they were, then more people would have followed his lead,” Pelosi argued on CNN. “He’s the president of the United States.”
Pressed by CNN host Wolf Blitzer on whether she was asserting that thousands of Americans had died because of the president’s response, Pelosi responded, “Yes, that’s what I am saying. I think it’s clearly evident.”
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