House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has shown no qualms about wagging a finger at President Donald Trump in light of his recent coronavirus diagnosis.
The president’s top foe in Washington said that she hopes Trump will “listen to the science” after coming down with COVID-19, the Washington Examiner reports. The speaker’s remarks came a day before Trump made a triumphant return to the White House with a much different message.
Pelosi: I hope Trump learns something
Pelosi and her fellow Democrats have long accused Trump of not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise when some reacted to the news of Trump’s diagnosis with cries of “I told you so.”
On Sunday, as President Trump continued to recuperate at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, Pelosi suggested that Trump had it coming as she called on the recuperating president to listen to the mysterious gods of “science.”
Although she wished Trump a recovery and offered her “prayers,” the Democrat took the opportunity to admonish Trump as she expressed her hope that his “heart will be opened,” noting that poor and minority communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, as Fox News reported.
“And so I pray that in addition to his health, that the president’s heart will be open to the millions of people who have been affected. Hundreds of thousands of families have suffered a death,” Pelosi said of Trump, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Prayers are with the president and the first lady,” Pelosi continued. “I hope it really will be a signal that we have to do better in preventing the spread of this virus.”
Trump learns a different lesson
The president’s allies knocked Pelosi for her message, with her Republican counterpart in the House calling it “disgusting,” according to Fox.
For his part, the president said he “learned a lot” about the coronavirus from his illness — which has killed over 200,00o Americans — in a message to Americans from Walter Reed on Sunday, according to The Hill. However, it appears that Trump may not have taken away the lesson Pelosi was hoping for.
In a tweet Monday, Trump announced he was leaving the hospital that day and encouraged Americans to not fear the virus, writing in a tweet: “Don’t let it dominate your life.”
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 p.m.,” he added. “Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of [COVID]. Don’t let it dominate your life.”
Trump went on: “We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs [and] knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”