During a call-in interview on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, President Donald Trump lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), calling her a “sick puppy” for criticizing his response to the coronavirus pandemic and boasted about getting “accolades” from “fair” people.
“It’s a sad thing,” Trump said after he was asked to respond to Pelosi’s criticism a day prior. “She’s a sick puppy in my opinion. She’s got a lot of problems.”
Pelosi on Sunday accused Trump of downplaying the public health crisis in a way that cost American lives, saying that “his denial at the beginning was deadly” on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“When he made the other day when he was signing the bill, he said just think 20 days ago everything was great. No, everything wasn’t great,” Pelosi said, referring to the $2 trillion bipartisan relief bill the president signed on Friday.
“We had nearly 500 cases and 17 deaths already. And in that 20 days because we weren’t prepared, we now have 2,000 deaths and 100,000 cases,” Pelosi said.
Trump also accused Pelosi of wasting her time on his impeachment; the House voted to impeach Trump in December, before the coronavirus reached the United States.
“I think it’s a disgrace to her country, her family,” Trump said of Pelosi’s critical remarks. “What a horrible statement to make.”
“All she did was focus on impeachment. She didn’t focus on anything having to do with pandemics,” Trump said later. “And she lost and she looked like a fool.”
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Trump downplayed the threat of the coronavirus at the start of the outbreak in the U.S., doubting that the virus would inevitably spread domestically and predicting that cases would soon be down “close to zero” in late February.
Trump’s criticism of Pelosi came as public health officials predicted the U.S. could experience millions of COVID-19 cases and 100,000 or more deaths from the virus.