President Trump openly scrutinized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling her a “sick woman” and a “waste of time,” according to The Hill.
The comments were a result of the House Speaker labeling the president as “morbidly obese” in a television interview a day prior.
When reporters asked Trump for a response on Pelosi’s comment, Trump responded, “I don’t respond to her. I think she’s a waste of time.”
Later, in response to an unrelated question about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump criticized Pelosi, alleging she has “mental problems.”
“Pelosi is a sick woman. She’s got a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems. We’re dealing with people that have to get their act together for the good of the country,” Trump said.
Pelosi criticized Trump for taking hydroxychloroquine, the drug that has been touted as a possible treatment to the coronavirus.
“I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say,” Pelosi said during an appearance on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“So, I think that it’s not a good idea,” she added.
On May 18, Trump revealed that he was taking hydroxychloroquine in addition to zinc as a preventative measure.
He said he has heard positive reviews from front-line0health-workers.
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Trump said he consulted with the White House physician about taking the drug, and the White House released a letter Monday evening from physician Sean Conley saying the two determined “the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”
The relationship between Trump and Pelosi, while never strong, grew increasingly sour throughout Trump’s impeachment. The two haven’t spoken in months despite the global pandemic. Pelosi notably ripped up a copy of Trump’s speech at the State of the Union in February after the president declined to shake her hand when he entered the chamber.
Still, Pelosi has developed a working relationship with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as Congress and the White House have negotiated legislative packages to address the health and economic crises spurred by the coronavirus.
Pelosi calls the $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill the Democrats’ starting offer as White House issues veto threat, according to Fox News.
“We’re putting our offer on the table, we’re open to negotiation,” Pelosi said. “This is really quite an exciting time for us because we have a monumental need for our country at this sad time,” Pelosi said.
However, the White House issued an official veto threat on the legislation. The Trump administration accuses the Democrats of wanting to pass “long-standing partisan and ideological wish lists,” rather than addressing the nation’s public health and economic problems.
The White House chided Democrats for making certain undocumented immigrants eligible for the second round of $1,200 direct payments, for including a $25 billion “bailout” for the U.S. Postal Service and for funding vote-by-mail and same-day registration priorities.
But at the Capitol, Pelosi framed the legislation — the biggest relief package in history — as a necessary expense to deal with the unprecedented economic and health crisis that has left nearly 85,000 Americans dead and 36 million jobless.
Pelosi unveiled the new coronavirus-related stimulus bill that borrows a whopping $3,000,000,000,000 from future generations.
Pelosi wrote the bill without any input from House Republican members and did not even try to conceal “a massive tax break for the super-rich in predominately blue states and directs taxpayer money to illegal aliens,” the Daily Wire reports.
HEROES Act or CARES Act 2.0
✅ 1815 pages
✅ $3 trillion cost
✅ 19 days to draft
✅ 3 days to study
✅ No Republican input
A bipartisan pandemic deserves a bipartisan response.
Social distancing doesn’t mean locking all Republicans and most Democrats out of the process.
— Rep. Don Bacon (@RepDonBacon) May 12, 2020
“It is imperative that we address the needs of the American people with clarity on how we proceed,” Pelosi said via the report. “That is why today House Democrats are introducing the HEROES Act, named for our heroes, whose provisions are largely based on the four previous bipartisan bills we have passed. The HEROES Act focus on three pillars, opening our economy safely and soon, honoring our heroes, and then putting much-needed money into the pockets of the American people.”
The Daily Wire reports Pelosi’s bill would specifically aid “Democrat strongholds”:
Buried deep inside her bill is a measure that would “reinstate the so-called SALT itemized deduction for 2020 and 2021,” CNBC reported. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which went into effect in 2018, limited the amount of state and local tax deductions filers could claim on their tax returns to $10,000.”
The move would mostly benefit residents in high-tax states like California, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut — all of which are Democrat strongholds.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Democrat-turned-Republican Senator John Kennedy rebuffed Pelosi over the bill and said he was “so disappointed” in her.
“In my opinion, the speaker has moved from folly to farce,” Kennedy said during an interview with Fox News Tuesday evening. “And when I saw it, it reminded me of that old Jack Nicholson line: ‘Go sell crazy somewhere else, we’re all stocked up here.’”
Pelosi’s newest spending bill would require us to borrow $3,000,000,000,000 that our kids would have to pay back.
This isn’t a serious or mature effort to legislate. The Speaker’s farce is as dead as fried chicken once Americans see what’s in the bill. pic.twitter.com/MRs6BxnNYO
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) May 13, 2020
The lawmaker went on to describe the bill as “not a serious or mature effort to legislate, it’s dead as fried chicken in the Senate.”
“It’s dead as fried chicken with the American people once they find out what’s in it,” he repeated. “She knows that, and everybody who has a brain above a single-cell organism knows that. It’s just political pageantry.”
“Her bill would require us to borrow $3 trillion,” Kennedy continued. “That’s 3,000 billion dollars that our kids have got to pay back. Her bill would rewrite our immigration laws. Her bill would release many federal prisoners.”
“I was hoping for a serious, mature, honest effort. But that’s not what this represents,” Kennedy added.
Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn called the bill a “liberal wishlist” and said Pelosi was wasting her time with it:
The Washington Examiner reports the Democratic bill would provide an “additional $1,200 cash payments to individuals,” including illegal immigrants.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s new coronavirus relief package is set to appoint billions of dollars to eligible illegal aliens, grants to sanctuary cities and other protections for the undocumented community, according to the Daily Caller.