House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday evening, July 21, twice called the coronavirus the “Trump Virus” though it originated from Wuhan, China, and is often referred as COVID-19 or the CCP Virus.
Appearing on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Pelosi rebuked President Donald Trump after he acknowledged earlier on Tuesday that the CCP Virus-related health crisis is likely to worsen before it will improve and pleads with the American people to wear masks in public.
“I think, with the president’s comments today, he recognized the mistakes he has made by now embracing mask-wearing and the recognition this is not a hoax. It is a pandemic that has gotten worse before it will get better because of his inaction,” Pelosi said.
“In fact, clearly, it is the ‘Trump Virus’,” the speaker said.
“If he had said months ago, let’s wear masks, let’s not—let’s socially distance instead of having rallies and whatever they were, then more people would have followed his lead,” she continued.
With nearly 4 million people infected and 140,000 dying, Pelosi argued, “If it’s important to wear a mask now, it would have been important to wear it in March instead of telling us that by April we would all be going to church together.”
“I wish that were the case, but he had no scientific basis for that,” Pelosi said of President Trump.
“If they don’t return to science and governance—and that’s a way that we can overcome this, we have hope and prayers for a vaccine. God willing that will be soon. But it is still months away, and people will die. So let’s hope that the president comes closer to embracing the reality of this pandemic, this Trump Virus,” the House speaker added.
Pelosi also moved to Twitter, clarifying, “One of the reasons we are so far behind in our response to the #TrumpVirus? We don’t have the equipment we need to test, process results, and protect our frontline workers.”
She urged the president to “make full use of the Defense Production Act immediately.”
One of the reasons we are so far behind in our response to the #TrumpVirus? We don’t have the equipment we need to test, process results, and protect our frontline workers. The President must make full use of the Defense Production Act immediately. #SitRoom pic.twitter.com/L2tBKjJlBD
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 22, 2020
During his briefing at the White House on Tuesday, President Trump urged Americans to use face masks, wash their hands, and practice physical distancing to help prevent the spread of the CCP Virus.
“Some areas of our country are doing very well. Some areas are doing less well. It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better,” President Trump said in recognition of the burgeoning health crisis.
“We’re asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask,” the president added. “Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact. They’ll have an effect, and we need everything we can get.”
In the briefing, President Trump said that the United States has conducted 50 million tests, “nearly three times as many tests as all of the other countries in the Western Hemisphere combined.”
The president also said the vaccines are coming and insisted that the virus would “disappear.”