Earlier this year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi downplayed the threat posed by coronavirus while opposing President Trump’s efforts to contain it.
Despite this, the long-time California Democrat seems to be anything but contrite. During an interview on Sunday with CNN’s “State of the Union,” Pelosi made clear that she has no regrets.
“There’s a lot of understandable criticism of this administration’s response to this outbreak. I want to ask about yours and what you said initially in particular,” CNN personality Dana Bash began.
“On February 29, about 2 weeks before many states shut down, you said, quote, ‘There are no indications of widespread infections in the United States,’ and you suggested that the first $8 billion package would fully address the scale and seriousness of the public health crisis,” Bash continued.
Pelosi defends record on pandemic
“Looking back, knowing what you know now, did you underestimate the crisis also?” she asked.
Pelosi was adamant in her response, saying, “No, what we did at that exact time was writing the first COVID bill, which we brought to the floor and passed on March 4.”
“And it was about testing, testing, testing, because if you don’t test, you don’t have a handle on what the problem is. And that was to address, okay, this is out there, let’s find out the measurement.”
When Bash inquired as to whether or not Pelosi had any regrets, the House speaker insisted, “No, not at all. We have had 4 bills, all bipartisan, but they have not been implemented by the administration.”
Visiting Chinatown, opposing travel restrictions
Yet as The Washington Free Beacon pointed out, Pelosi did not address the fact that on February 24, she urged people to “come and visit and enjoy Chinatown,” telling reporters that “it’s very safe to be in Chinatown and hope that others will come.”
She also didn’t address how fellow high profile Democrats like former Vice President Joe Biden initially opposed President Trump’s decision to halt incoming flights from China, a move that they condemned as being being xenophobic.
“We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency,” Biden tweeted on February 1.
Biden has since endorsed the ban while Pelosi now complains that Trump’s travel restrictions did not go far enough. Typical.