Pelosi says Trump is like the man who refuses to ask for directions
Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants President Donald Trump to work with her and other Democrats to put into place a coronavirus response that she says is needed to reopen schools and businesses while providing Americans with an economic lifeline. She criticized the president for his leadership during the pandemic.
“Observing his behavior, I have concluded that he is like the man who refuses to ask for directions,” Pelosi said. “All of the answers are there and yet the president continues to go down the wrong path and refuses to ask for directions from scientists who know better than any of us.”
Pelosi and House Democrats want the president to use the Defense Production Act to have U.S. manufacturers make more testing equipment, personal protective gear and other equipment to help schools reopen in the fall. Trump has called for schools to return to session in the fall but many question if that’s possible amid the growing spike in COVID-19 cases currently in the country.
“We can’t solve the COVID-19 problem without the tools to do so. Every day President Trump fails to utilize the Defense Production Act & Senate Republicans block the #HeroesAct, they are denying communities the tools they need to fight this pandemic,” tweeted Pelosi.
Congressional leaders and the White House are also working on another round of coronavirus relief aid that would extend unemployment and send more stimulus payments to Americans. Republicans want stimulus checks cut back and to only go to those in absolute need.
Pelosi lashed out at Trump and Republicans blaming the legislative inaction on them.
“This is such a massive dereliction of duty,” Pelosi said. “People are dying.” I yearn for other Republican presidents. While we may have disagreed on many points. At least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our country.”
House Democrats passed a $3 trillion relief package in May that included $915 billion in state and local aid, a new $200 billion heroes fund for hazard pay for essential workers, $100 billion for K-12 and higher education and $75 billion for coronavirus testing. Their bill also called for up to $1,200 checks for each American and up to $6,000 per household.
Senate Republicans immediately dismissed the House bill but are now showing more interest in compromising as they see Americans facing more tough times with the coronavirus resurfacing.
The White House says it is also nearing a deal with leaders on the Hill to provide relief to Americans.
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