(CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hailed President Obama’s stimulus program on Sunday, telling ABC’s “This Week” that within one month of Obama’s inauguration, “he signed a bill which saved or created 4 million jobs.”
Pelosi invoked the controversial $832-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to unfavorably compare President Donald Trump to former President Obama at the one-month mark:
“What has the Trump administration done from their inaugural address, where they talked about decay and carnage? They've done nothing except put Wall Street first, make America sick again, instill fear in our immigrant population in our country, and make sure that Russia maintains its grip, its grip on our foreign policy,” she said.
(Senate Democrats have purposely delayed confirming some of Trump's Cabinet picks, leaving him to govern with part of his team missing, an obstacle that Obama did not face. That did not come up in the interview, however.)
“Are there any issues where you feel that you can still work with the president?” host George Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi. “Back in November, you talked about infrastructure…Is that something Democrats can get behind?”
Well, let's just talk about that for a moment, because I call him the deflector-in-chief,” Pelosi responded. “He has no jobs bill. I talked about President Obama in the first four weeks, 4 million jobs. He (Trump) has no jobs bill.
So he has got to talk about the press. He has no jobs bill. So he has to talk about kids -- transgender kids in school. He has no jobs bill, so he has to talk about immigrants and have a ban on Muslims coming to country.
So all this is a deflection from the fact that he has done nothing. So we haven't seen -- we haven't a jobs bill.
In his weekly radio address, President Trump said he will talk about “good-paying jobs” in his address to Congress on Tuesday evening.
“We’ve lost a lot of our best jobs to other countries - and this has hurt the African American community very badly. This week I met with manufacturing CEOs - we're going to be working to bring back those jobs, and I mean really good-paying jobs,” Trump said.
“I will be talking more about these issues in my Joint Session Address to Congress and to all Americans next Tuesday evening. I hope you will be watching.”
Pelosi said if Trump proposes an infrastructure bill “that really helps to address the deficit that we have in our infrastructure in our country, let's talk about it. But if it is, yet again, another tax break for his rich friends disguised as an infrastructure bill, we're not going there.”
On another topic, Pelosi said the Republicans’ “repeal and replace” plan has nothing going for it except “alliteration.”
“How can they do it?” she asked. “They do not have the votes. They have alliteration. But they don't have votes.”
Pelosi said if Democrats propose a plan that lowers costs, expands coverage and “increases benefits, then we can have something to talk about.”
But so far, she added, “They have put forth nothing.”