U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has stepped up her criticism of President Trump’s early handling of the COVID-19 crisis. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the San Francisco Democrat said the President’s “early dismissal” of the coronavirus led to the loss of American lives.
Pelosi told Tapper, “His denial at the beginning was deadly. His delaying of getting equipment — it continues — his delaying of getting equipment to where it is needed is deadly, and now I think the best thing is to prevent more loss of life rather than open things up because we just don’t know. We have to have testing, testing, testing — that’s what we said from the start before we can evaluate the nature of it in some of these other regions as well.”
The United States has the most coronavirus cases worldwide, more than 120,000 as of Sunday morning, and there have been over 2,100 deaths in the country. Some health experts are now saying the death toll in the United States could reach as high as 200,000.
Pelosi added, “I don’t know what the scientists are saying to him (Trump). When did the president know about this and what did he know? What did he know and when did he know it? That’s for an after-action review.”
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