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Pelosi Claims Trump 'Fiddles' as 'People Are Dying'

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrives at the U.S. Capitol on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. . (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 29 March 2020 01:58 PM

After CNN's Jake Tapper attempted to ask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., about the coronavirus deaths in her San Francisco district, she pivoted the focus on blaming President Donald Trump.

"As the president fiddles, people are dying," Pelosi told CNN's "State of the Union."

Tapper did not press her on what she is doing to help curb the spread of the global coronavirus pandemic in her community, as Pelosi blamed Trump for being in "denial" of the emerging threat in December and January as Pelosi's caucus focused their efforts on impeaching Trump.

"This is such a sad time for us, so we should be taking every precaution," she told Tapper. "What the president, his denial at the beginning was deadly."

She added a claim the Trump administration, including the nonpartisan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health experts and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are "delaying getting equipment to where it is needed," which is also "deadly."

The Trump administration has readily refuted reports of delays and, in some cases, pointing blame back to local leaders who are spending their time criticizing the federal government. 

Concerned about the increasing deaths in the U.S., Pelosi pointed to expansive U.S. coronavirus testing efforts.

"We have to have testing, testing, testing," she told Tapper, echoing the World Health Organization's advisory when it declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic March 11. "That's what we said from the start, before we can evaluate the nature of what it is."

Effectively, that is precisely what the Trump administration health experts did, including the National Institutes of Health's infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. They have guided their U.S. response and the administration's public health policies on science, data, and testing.

The U.S. is now conducting more than 100,000 coronavirus tests per day, according to Trump at Friday's coronavirus task force briefing. The U.S. already tested more than 766,761 cases, which is also the most in the world, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

Coronavirus task force health experts, including Fauci, had warned a rush on expansive testing would endanger U.S. medical professionals and suck up valuable personal protective equipment. Each test for the virus requires a new set of PPE (facemask, gloves, and gown), CDC experts had often repeated during Trump's daily press briefings.

Also, as health experts have said, a test is merely a confirmation a person is sick with the virus. There is no scientific cure or specific treatment – outside of relying on an individual's immune system to fight it off while in quarantine.

Stay home and get better, doctors are saying, but hospitals have been inundated with serious and critical cases, often relying on ventilators to help a patient breathe while battling the severe respiratory illness that attacks human lungs.

When asked about Trump's early optimism about the U.S. ability to curb the spread of the pandemic, Pelosi had told CNN earlier this week, "I don't care."

"Rather than waste any time commenting on the president, I would rather spend our time focusing on the fact that any president or anybody with responsibility should be scientifically inclined, evidence-based, data, what is going to make the difference," she had said.

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After CNN's Jake Tapper attempted to ask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., about the coronavirus deaths in her San Francisco district, she pivoted the focus on blaming President Donald Trump."As the president fiddles, people are dying,"...
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Sunday, 29 March 2020 01:58 PM
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