Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) apparently doesn’t care about President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The House speaker refused to answer questions Tuesday from CNN’s Dana Bash about Trump’s plans for handling the COVID-19 outbreak. “I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care!” she exclaimed at one point in the interview, according to the Daily Caller.
“Tweets, Twitters, whatever”
In video shared by the Washington Examiner, Bash asks Pelosi about the president’s message on “what should lead” legislators during this time of crisis: “The economy or health care?”
“Well, there doesn’t have to be a contradiction there,” Pelosi responded, saying the only way businesses will get back up and running and schools will be back in session is if the U.S. can stop the spread of the coronavirus. But she apparently didn’t have time to discuss the president’s plans further.
“I don’t have time to follow people’s twits– tweets, Twitters, whatever, tweets, so, don’t expect me to comment on that,” Pelosi continued, according to the Daily Caller. Bash then pressed the House speaker:
Well even beyond Twitter, the president of the United States is signaling that he could open it up. What is your opinion on that?
“I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care!” Pelosi responded, according to the Examiner. “My opinion is that it is not scientific-based. He’s notion-mongering as he does almost every day.”
Pelosi went on: “So 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.”
Making a deal
For his part, President Trump has accused Pelosi of shrugging off Americans’ struggles amid widespread shutdowns due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Republicans had a deal until Nancy Pelosi rode into town from her extended vacation,” Trump tweeted Monday, according to The Hill. “The Democrats want the virus to win? They are asking for things that have nothing to do with our great workers or companies. They want open borders [and the] Green New Deal. Republicans shouldn’t agree!”
The Senate and the White House reached a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package early Wednesday morning that included concessions answering some of Democrats’ concerns about the package, including giving billions more to hospitals, students, and those who are unemployed, as well as state emergency services, The Hill reported.
Pelosi called the agreed-upon stimulus package a huge improvement over the original Republican plan, but stopped short of signaling that House Democrats would vote to pass it, saying the House has to “review” the bill first, according to The Hill.
The big picture
But while it’s clear that people, businesses, and states are going to need a lot of help in the coming weeks and months, $2 trillion is going to put quite a strain on the federal government, which was already $23 trillion in debt at the end of 2019, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
As usual, it doesn’t seem that Dems are concerned about the price tag, however.