An elected official that’s responsible for ensuring the Democratic Party passes legislation in the House acted irrationally after being blamed for stalled talks on economic incentives.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appeared to overreact after Fox News’s “Sunday” program questioned her failure to reach an agreement with the Trump administration about the next CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus stimulus package. The deadlock forced the Oval Office to issue an executive action to ensure struggling businesses and workers still received the unemployment benefit.
Host Chris Wallace asked whether Pelosi was prepared to take responsibility for the party’s inability to support the new federal assistance.
“Speaker, I understand that the president’s executive action does not do all the things you want but having no bill at all, not coming to any agreement was not going to provide any of the things that you want either,” he said in a video shared on YouTube. “You are known as a master negotiator but did you not mess this one up?”
However, Pelosi would not admit to any wrongdoing or express any remorse for putting Americans in a very difficult position.
“Clearly, you do not have an understanding of what is happening here, both in the weakness of the president’s executive orders, which do not give the money, enhanced benefits but puts a complicated formula there which will take a while, if at all, to accomplish [and] to put money in the pockets of the American people,” she said.
Pelosi then interrupted the presenter, who was trying to ask a follow-up question, and told him to keep quiet until she had finished giving her response.
“We have said we are going to honor our heroes, state and local health care workers, etc. first responders, teachers and the rest,” she said. “Secondly we are going to stop–now if I allowed you to finish, you allow me to finish–they are going to open our economy by addressing the virus, which the president has ignored for months now to do the right thing scientifically based and third let us put money in the pockets of the American people.”
When Wallace finally had a chance to speak he gently reminded the Democrat she had still not answered his question.
“The point I am trying to make is they were offering $150 billion for cities and states, you wanted $900 billion, [and] the result of no deal is that the states and cities [will have no federal funding at all,]” he said. “I am not saying it is all your fault anymore than it is the Republican’s fault but the failure to make a deal is going to result in a lot of people and entities that were in need ending up with nothing.”
In the end Pelosi appeared to be more interested in discussing what President Donald Trump’s executive action did not include rather than admitting to her own party’s shortcomings.
“When you look at those executive orders, the kindest thing I can say is he does not know what he is talking about, or something’s very, very wrong there,” she said. “To characterize them about what they [Republicans] set out to do as something that would take the place of an agreement, is just not so.”