Nancy Pelosi: ‘The Trump Virus Continues’

By CNSNews.com Staff | July 29, 2020 | 11:56am EDT
Speaker Pelosi speaking to President Trump at the White House, Oct. 16, 2019. (White House/Handout)
Speaker Pelosi speaking to President Trump at the White House, Oct. 16, 2019. (White House/Handout)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) called the COVID-19 virus “the Trump virus” in an appearance on MSNBC on Tuesday with Ari Melber.

“The Trump virus continues and the needs are only growing,” Pelosi said.

She was discussing the ongoing struggle between the Republican leadership in the Senate and the Democratic leadership in the House to agree on another COVID-19 relief bill.

In May, the House passed the HEROES Act, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would cost about $3.4 trillion.

“So, what are you fighting for in the bill, and would it be better if Mitch McConnell showed up for these negotiations?” Melber asked Pelosi.

“Well, I don't know what would be better,” asid Pelosi. “What would be better is if they would just put The Heroes Act on the Floor, which has three main pillars. 

“One to honor our heroes: our health care workers, our first responders, our transportation, sanitation, food workers who are paid by states and localities to meet the needs of people,” she said. “They are risking their lives, many of them, to save lives, and now they may lose their jobs. And then what for them?  They go on unemployment. Big savings.

“The second piece is to open our economy: testing, tracing, treating, social distancing, wear your mask, wash your hands, sanitation and the rest,” she said.

“A strategic plan to get the job done, which was--had it been in place before, if the Administration had followed the actions of Congress before, we would have had many lives saved from that,” she said.

“And the third is to put money in the pockets of the American people,” Pelosi said. “The $600 makes a big difference in the lives of America's working families and we have other direct payments to families as well. 

“So, we would want them to do that,” Pelosi said.

“All of those things have been voted upon, supported by Republicans in the past.  Nothing new, just more of it because the virus--the Trump virus continues and the needs are only growing,” she said.

Here is a transcript of the part of Pelosi’s interview with MSNBC where she called the COVID-19 virus “the Trump virus””

Ari Melber: “On the news, you're fighting for this COVID relief bill; you're fighting for more money for people who may have lost their jobs, and you've been negotiating directly with White House officials without, we're told, reportedly, Mitch McConnell.  So, what are you fighting for in the bill, and would it be better if Mitch McConnell showed up for these negotiations? 

Speaker Pelosi.  Well, I don't know what would be better.  What would be better is if they would just put The Heroes Act on the Floor, which has three main pillars.  One to honor our heroes: our health care workers, our first responders, our transportation, sanitation, food workers who are paid by states and localities to meet the needs of people.  They are risking their lives, many of them, to save lives, and now they may lose their jobs.  And then what for them?  They go on unemployment.  Big savings.

"The second piece is to open our economy: testing, tracing, treating, social distancing, wear your mask, wash your hands, sanitation and the rest.  A strategic plan to get the job done, which was – had it been in place before, if the Administration had followed the actions of Congress before, we would have had many lives saved from that.

"And the third is to put money in the pockets of the American people.  The $600 makes a big difference in the lives of America's working families and we have other direct payments to families as well.

"So, we would want them to do that.  All of those things have been voted upon, supported by Republicans in the past.  Nothing new, just more of it because the virus – the Trump virus continues and the needs are only growing.

“So, we're seeing what the – we have passed our bill.  The appropriate thing for the Senate to do is to pass a bill and then we can negotiate with them.  But they can't even get a bill passed on their side, even if it just took 51 votes.  They're in disarray.  They're distorting the facts.  And, today, today of all things, when we are starting our negotiation – and it isn't a negotiation really.  It's just a review of our bill versus what the Republicans are proposing, so it's not even to the level of negotiations."

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