Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to be comparing the Trump administration’s actions to elephant manure at the end of a discussion that has largely focused on ongoing negotiations for a new coronavirus relief bill.
Speaking to ABC’s “This Week”, Pelosi spoke of his desire to make a deal sooner rather than later.
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“Because we want to have an agreement, we can negotiate and we can do it now, but what’s the difference, a few days, except that we can have it before the elections we want as soon as possible,”
Pelosi did not know if her use of the “elephant” was a general reference to Republicans, or if she was referring specifically to President Trump. Fox News contacted Pelosi’s office to clarify her statement, but they did not respond immediately.
Pelosi spent much of the interview talking to Democrats and Republicans about the next pandemic response package, saying they have 48 hours to reach a deal to pass legislation ahead of the November election. She argues that when administration officials say Democrats agree on a test plan language, that’s not entirely true.
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“On this issue, on which we agree, we still do not agree on the language, but I hope so,” Pelosi said. She said the administration had changed terms such as “requirements” to “recommendations” and “plan” to “strategy” and “should” to “may”.
“When you say ‘maybe,’ you’re giving the president a mess,” Pelosi said. “He can do it, he can give, he can keep.” She pointed out that the word “will” tells them to follow science.
Pelosi also said that Republicans “took out 55% of the language we had there for testing and tracking,” which she said was important because the lack of sufficient testing and tracking contributed to a greater impact on minorities than COVID-19. .
Pelosi called for a “national plan,” while Republicans said states should define their own strategy, with the CDC able to provide guidance.
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“You can’t let states decide how to address the minority community,” she said.
Pelosi said he was ultimately optimistic about a deal, but said whether that would happen before the election depended on the Trump administration.