House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) revealed on Friday that she has been tested for COVID-19 out of an “abundance of caution” after President Trump announced that he and the First Lady have been diagnosed with the virus on Thursday.
After months of keeping the White House relatively virus-free, an outbreak following the first presidential debate has infected multiple White House residents, and Americans wait with bated breath to find out how far the virus has spread.
“Out of an abundance of caution I was tested. I don’t have the results yet but hopefully soon,” Pelosi told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Friday morning. Pelosi is third in line for the presidency.
“I have concerns about the test because obviously, the tests that are happening at the White House are not as accurate as they should be,” the Speaker continued. President Trump and those that come in close contact with him are reportedly tested for COVID-19 daily.
“That’s a discussion that we have to have especially when it has led to the exposure of the president of the United States. That should have been avoided.” Nancy Pelosi was in talks with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin this week, attempting to come to a compromise to approve new economic relief measures.
Mnuchin has tested negative for the virus since Trump’s announcement, but Pelosi clearly feels nervous about her close proximity to the White House outbreak.
Pelosi plays the blame game
Though Pelosi said that she is praying for a safe recovery for President Trump and the first lady, she also attacked for campaigning throughout the coronavirus crisis, calling it a “brazen invitation” to becoming infected with the virus.
“Of course, as with everyone, we all received that news with great sadness,” Pelosi said. “I always pray for the president and his family that they’re safe. I continue to do so more intensified, and I know that he’ll have the best of care, and that’s what we want for everyone in our country.”
She quickly pivoted to stumping for her HEROES act, a massive piece of legislation passed by the House in May that would include measures that Pelosi believes will mitigate the virus.
“I hope this will be a moment where people will understand that what we have in our HEROES bill and have had in our conversations over and over is, we must have testing, tracing, treatment,” She explained. “We must have spatial distancing. We must be wearing our masks. We must have sanitation because it can help crush the virus and stop the spread.”
Pelosi called Trump’s diagnosis a “learning experience,” and implied that Trump was “asking” for the illness by not wearing a mask at all times.
“But it also is something that, again, going into crowds, unmasked and all the rest was sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen. Sad that it did, but nonetheless, hopeful that it will be a transition to a saner approach to what this virus is all about,” she concluded.