House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke with Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC Friday, weighing in on the President’s positive diagnosis for COVID-19; saying his behavior was a “brazen invitation for something like this to happen.”
Pelosi was also pressed over whether the “White House contacted [her] about the continuity of government” should something happen to the Commander in Chief.
“Maybe now that people who see the president of the United States– all the protection he has and the first lady, still having this exposure– it might be … a learning experience,” Pelosi said. “More than learning, it has to be something that is acted upon.”
“This is tragic. It’s very sad. But it also is something again, going into crowds unmasked and all the rest, was sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen,” the House Speaker claimed. “It’s sad that it did, but nonetheless, hopeful that it will be a transition to a saner approach to what this virus is all about.”
Stephanie Ruhle wondered, “This is a very serious health threat. You are second in line for the presidency. Has the White House contacted you about the continuity of government?”
“No they haven’t, but that is an ongoing– not with the White House but with the military, quite frankly, in terms of … some officials in the government. But that– no, let us all just pray for the president’s health. Thank God the vice president has tested negatively and the second lady as well,” Pelosi expressed. Continued Below
Pelosi went on to say: “That continuity of government is always in place. I always say it’s a relic of the past, but nonetheless, they say we have our job we have to do, and this is what we’ll do. So I wouldn’t go so much to that. But I do think it is really important for people to know that every infection is a sad one. The president of the United States of course, but every single one now in such a high number in our country of infections.”
“Maybe this will be the moment where people will say, “Okay. Masks, distance, sanitation, tracing, treatment, and also, recognizing that many people in the minority community, people of color disproportionally effected by this– -people in Native American community, very, very disproportionally effected by this. So lets understand the diagnosis that our country has had at the highest level and recognize that every life, every diagnosis is important to us,” she added.
President Trump tweeted late Thursday evening that he and First Lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” the president wrote. Video Below
President Donald Trump’s official tweet:
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
Nancy Pelosi’s remarks:
Speaker Pelosi says Pres. Trump’s behavior during pandemic “was a brazen invitation for something like this to happen,” adds that his positive test is "very sad" and that she's "nonetheless hopeful that it will be a transition to a saner approach to what this virus is all about.” pic.twitter.com/mLHDag0kBe
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 2, 2020
MSNBC’s @SRuhle to @SpeakerPelosi: “You are second in line for the presidency. Has the White House contacted you about the continuity of government?” pic.twitter.com/HsanZxEiNh
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 2, 2020
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