In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stating that because President Donald Trump supposedly fiddled in his early handling of the coronavirus, which allegedly cost American lives, Rev. Franklin Graham wondered what Pelosi was doing by wasting days to force federal pork barrel spending into the $2 trillion relief bill.
"I wonder what Nancy Pelosi was doing?" said Graham in a March 30 Facebook post. "It could be said that she was the one who caused delays in people getting the help they need because she was 'fiddling' with the economic stimulus package, trying to work in political agendas and funding for pet projects."
In an exchange with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday, Pelosi charged that Trump's alleged "downplaying" of the coronavirus cost American lives -- "Yes, I am" saying that, Pelosi told Tapper. She also said, "When did this president know about this, and what did he know? ... But as the president fiddles, people are dying."
Pelosi's remarks were criticized by many conservatives. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-N.C.) said, [S]he's blaming the president of the United States for people dying because of the way he's led the country. That's the most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history."
Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the late Pastor Billy Graham, said today, "CNN reported that Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald J. Trump of 'fiddling while people are dying.' What???"
"Yesterday President Trump had more than a full day, meeting at the White House with key supply chain distribution leaders on COVID-19," said Graham. "Is that fiddling?"
"Then he moved to the Rose Garden where he and the coronavirus task force held a 1.5 hour briefing to keep America informed. Is that fiddling?" he added.
"No, President Trump has been working to do everything he can to help our nation," said the reverend.
"I wonder what Nancy Pelosi was doing?" said Graham. "It could be said that she was the one who caused delays in people getting the help they need because she was 'fiddling' with the economic stimulus package, trying to work in political agendas and funding for pet projects."
Graham continued, "Pray for President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and all of the governors and mayors who are leading their states and cities as they face many very long days and tough decisions. They need God’s help and wisdom. Also pray for the medical professionals in the front lines of this battle day in and day out."
Some of the questionable "relief" spending the $2 trillion bill, as reported by Fox News, includes the following,
- $10,804,687,000 for international development
- $350,000,000 for refugee resettlement
- $93,000,000 Congress ($25 million of which is for "salaries and expenses")
- $75,000,000 for PBS stations
- $75,000,000 for the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities
- $75,000,000 National Endowment for the Humanities
- $50,000,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services
- $25,000,000 for the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
- $7,500,000 for the Smithsonian Institution