Pelosi Issues Statement on Trump “Slow the Testing Down” Rally Comments

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted Sunday:

Testing, tracing, treatment & social distancing are the only tools we have to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The President’s efforts to slow down testing to hide the true extent of the virus means more Americans will lose their lives.

Per Speaker.gov

“Testing, tracing, treatment and social distancing are the only tools we have to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but President Trump orders his Administration to slow down the testing that saves lives.

“The President’s efforts to slow down desperately needed testing to hide the true extent of the virus mean more Americans will lose their lives.

“This Tuesday, members of the Trump Administration’s coronavirus task force will testify before the Energy & Commerce committee.  The American people are owed answers about why President Trump wants less testing when experts say much more is needed.

“The President is ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared to lead.  Senator McConnell must stop obstructing The Heroes Act and the life-saving testing resources it provides.”

TheHill reports Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that Americans are owed answers about President Trump’s claim during his rally on Saturday that he asked aides to “slow the testing down.”

Pelosi called for answers from the White House coronavirus task force members who are expected to testify in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday.

“The American people are owed answers about why President Trump wants less testing when experts say much more is needed,” she said in a statement.

The Speaker’s comments come after Trump said during his Tulsa, Okla., rally Saturday that he called on his aides to reduce the speed of coronavirus testing because the higher number of identified cases made the country look bad.

Trump appeared to make the comments in jest, and several White House and campaign officials have since said he was joking. But a number of Democrats criticized the remarks, including presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign, which called them “outrageous.”

“Testing, tracing, treatment and social distancing are the only tools we have to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but President Trump orders his Administration to slow down the testing that saves lives,” Pelosi wrote.

“The President’s efforts to slow down desperately needed testing to hide the true extent of the virus mean more Americans will lose their lives,” she added.