House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Monday that she thinks President Donald Trump is sending the wrong message to Americans as he recovers from the coronavirus.
In an interview with MSNBC, the speaker accused Trump of downplaying the seriousness of his illness to score political points as the president made a triumphant return to the White House, The Hill reported.
Pelosi on the attack
President Trump spent the weekend at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, and his stay was not without controversy as critics claimed that doctors were hiding the truth about his health and accused Trump of recklessness by taking a ride outside to greet supporters.
But it looks like Trump can’t leave the hospital either without sparking a backlash.
Nancy Pelosi sounded less than pleased to hear about Trump’s recuperation Monday, insisting that it would be wrong for him to spin his recovery as a win for his “destructive and dangerous” presidency, the Washington Examiner reported. She further intimated that Trump could have serious health effects down the line that his doctors would help him conceal.
“He should not be dealing with it politically to make it look like he overcame the virus because he’s had such good policies. Because, in fact, he has been very destructive and dangerous to the country,” Pelosi said, according to The Hill.
“I hope that we could trust them, but what is disconcerting is that we know that the president’s physicians present a report that must be approved by the president,” the speaker added, as the Washington Examiner reported. “That’s not scientific. That is not what the public is owed about the state of health of the president of the United States.”
Trump’s triumphant return
Pelosi also didn’t hesitate to admonish Trump after he came down with the coronavirus last weekend, saying then that she hoped the president would “listen to the science.”
President Trump invited more criticism after his dramatic, made-for-TV return to the White House on Monday, which began with a tweet encouraging Americans to not let the virus “dominate” their lives, The Hill noted. Later, on the White House balcony, Trump removed his mask in a symbolic gesture.
“Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines, all developed recently,” Trump said Monday, according to The Hill.
The president has meanwhile has gotten into a fresh feud with Pelosi over dormant coronavirus stimulus talks. Trump called on Republicans to walk away from intractable negotiations on Tuesday, but then suggested that he would sign a stand-alone bill with stimulus checks.
“I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?” he said, according to Kansas’ KWCH.