On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should stop making excuses for the Trump administration’s failure to properly respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pelosi specifically focused on the duo stating that because Trump was preoccupied with impeachment he wasn’t able to properly respond to the coronavirus.
Trump and McConnell “should not try to hide behind an excuse” Pelosi stated.
“I think that’s an admission that perhaps the President and the majority leader cannot handle the job,” Pelosi stated while being interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN.
“We have a life and death situation in our country and they should not try to hide behind an excuse for why they did not take action, but it does admit that they did not take action,” Pelosi stated before adding, “Right now we have to work together to get the job done.”
On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell stated during a radio interview that the crisis “came up while we were tied down in the impeachment trial. And I think it diverted the attention of the government, because everything, every day was all about impeachment.”
Earlier on Tuesday during a press briefing on the coronavirus, Trump repeated the argument stating that impeachment “probably did” distract him from properly responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I think I handled it very well, but I guess it probably did (distract me),” Trump added. “I mean, I got impeached. I think, you know, I certainly devoted a little time to thinking about it.”
“Did it divert my attention? I think I’m getting A+’s for the way I handled myself during a phony impeachment, OK? … But certainly, I guess, I thought of it and I think I probably acted — I don’t think I would have done any better had I not been impeached, OK?” Trump then claimed.
Pelosi, unlike Trump, is completely focused on the pandemic and responding to it quickly and intelligently.
“We know already that we’ll need more for state and local government. We know already that we’ll need more for the National Institutes of Health. We also know that there were items that we could not get in the first three bills,” Pelosi said. “We need to do much more as well as invest in the recovery.”
“It is going to be a number of weeks because we’re not here, so rather than putting it off further, why aren’t we working together? That’s the way I like to do it, just have the four corners — House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans — putting together the bill again with the President’s folks at the table to see what he would be willing to sign so that we’re not losing time,” she said then added, “We have to be ready, we have to be ready.”
Pelosi shared that she would like to see all 50 states issue stay-at-home orders.
“It works. It works, and that’s why the governors are doing it and they’re seeing a return on that initiative,” Pelosi said. “That is the only way we’re going to contain the virus. I would prayerfully hope that to avoid death, illness in families that they would do that. Yes, I’d like to see that,” she said.