In an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the White House’s delayed response to the coronavirus pandemic cost American lives.
“The president, his denial at the beginning was deadly,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “His delaying of getting equipment to where it continued — his continued delay in getting equipment to where it’s needed is deadly. Now the best thing to do would be to prevent more loss of life rather than open things up, because we just don’t know.”
Tapper asked: “Are you saying his downplaying ultimately cost American lives?”
“Yes, I am,” Pelosi replied.
Pelosi also hinted there would be an investigation into the administration’s handling of the pandemic once things go back to normal.
“I don’t know what the scientists said to him,” Pelosi stated. “When did this president know about this, and what did he know? What did he know and when did he know it? That’s for an after-action review.”
“But as the president fiddles, people are dying. We just have to take every precaution.”
See full CNN interview with Nancy Pelosi here.