Nancy Pelosi has been taking Donald Trump to task since before he even won the 2016 election, and in the past nearly four years, she has stood diligent in her mission to hold the president accountable for his actions as the leader of the free world.
Donald Trump has never had to deal with this before. He is not a government man, and based on his pre-presidency tweeting, he knew very little about how the government works when he announced his run. Now he knows only slightly more than he knew before, but he likely thinks it’s fake news.
Thursday, news broke that Trump had shelved a document created by the CDC as a manual to safely reopen the country, deciding the keep Americans in the dark as to what the Center for Disease Control have to say.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the U.S. should have federal standards in place to guide reopening safely as states and regions consider how to lift the lid on the coronavirus lockdowns. https://t.co/fS9w3Fin8n
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) May 7, 2020
Now, Nancy Pelosi is tearing Trump apart, demanding he release the document.
Pelosi said this while speaking to reporters at the capitol:
“I do think there should be federal standards, and I think that they should set an example.”
“Everything should be based on science, and not the state or local — whatever it is, And if you’re going to have a standard, you really have to have a federal standard. Because as we know, viruses know no borders, nationally, but they certainly don’t know any state borders.”
“The way this has been handled is most unfortunate. Because first of all they had guidelines — which were weak, but nonetheless guidelines — and then the president said you don’t even have to honor them. And then we find out now that there was a CDC report that had much more comprehensive guidelines and they buried it in the White House.”
She wasn’t done, though. This is how she wrapped it up:
“The only way we’re going to rid ourselves of this [virus] as well as open up our economy, is evidence, science-based: testing, testing, testing,” Pelosi said, repeating a prescription she’s advocated frequently over the last two months. “The point is that we want to open up, but not in a way that causes more deaths.”
“That’s not enough but it’s what we could get. We need to do much more.”
According to PBS:
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says the U.S. should have federal standards in place to guide reopening safely as states and regions consider how to lift the lid on the coronavirus lockdowns.
As governments grapple with when to restart their economies, the Trump administration has shelved a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document with step-by-step advice to local authorities on how and when to reopen restaurants and other public places.
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