House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed President Donald Trump’s admission to Bob Woodward that he intentionally downplayed the coronavirus pandemic, calling the president’s comments an utter “contempt” for Americans’ health.
During her weekly press conference, Pelosi said Trump’s comments “showed his contempt — contempt for the American people and their health, contempt for science, contempt for any real effort to crush the virus, contempt for his supporters, their children, their parents.”
The California Democrat went on to say, “He hid the facts and refused to take the threat seriously, leaving the entire country exposed and unprepared. He didn’t want to cause a panic. Why? Because of the stock market?”
Pelosi said there was a distinction between creating a panic and showing leadership by accurately warning the public about a serious threat.
“Nobody wants to cause a panic,” Pelosi said. “We want to show leadership, show a strategic plan, following the science [and] allocating the resources in order to get the job done. Even now, he refuses to listen to science, which is just a tragedy.”
Pelosi says Trump showed "contempt for his supporters, their children, their parents" in his comments to Bob Woodward about downplaying coronavirus: "He didn't want to cause a panic? Why? Because of the stock market?" https://t.co/10OBV3qwPs pic.twitter.com/l36IqJ19Pr
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