In a scathing rebuke, President Trump has struck back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her unkind remarks about his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
President Trump said Monday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s obsession with his impeachment distracted her from the coronavirus outbreak, hitting back at her accusation that the president “fiddles” while people have been dying.
“Don’t forget, she was playing the impeachment game, her game where she ended up looking like a fool,” Trump said on Fox & Friends. “All she did was focus on impeachment. She didn’t focus on anything having to do with pandemics, she focused on impeachment and she lost. And she looked like a fool.”
The president said her miscalculation “unified our party.”
“My poll numbers are the highest they’ve ever been because of her,” Mr. Trump said.
The president was responding to Speaker Pelosi blaming him for not preparing for the pandemic, saying, “while the president fiddles, people are dying.”
“It’s a sad thing. She’s a sick puppy,” Mr. Trump said. “She’s got a lot of problems, and that’s a terrible thing to say.”
The president announced earlier this week that he will extend the nationwide voluntary social distancing guidelines through April 30, abandoning his hope of reopening parts of the country by Easter.
“I listen to the experts. We picked the end of April … as the day where we can see some real progress,” Trump said. “Maybe [by] June 1, we think, it’s a terrible thing to say, but we think that death rate will be at a very low number. If we didn’t do anything, 2.2 million people could have died.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, the U.S. coronavirus response coordinator, said during the most recent daily briefing that there could be 100,000 to 200,000, coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S., but only if people follow the guidelines “almost perfectly.” As high as those numbers seem, they would be much greater, “into the millions,” she said, if we did not implement these practices, or ended them too early.