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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was dragged by Fox News anchor Bret Baier and several others after claiming during an interview Friday that several peace deals finalized by the Trump administration in recent weeks were just a “distraction” from COVID-19.
During an appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with host Wolf Blitzer, the controversial California Democrat was asked how much credit she gave President Donald Trump for getting peace deals between Serbia and Kosovo along with deals between Israel and two Arab nations, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
“Hopefully, they will…beneficial to the region,” Pelosi stammered before slamming the Trump administration over not yet having secured a peace agreement between Israeli and the Palestinians — which is largely due to the intractable positions of the latter.
“We’ve been waiting for a very long time for the president’s proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement that honored the two-state solution,” she said. “It was coming in two weeks, it was coming in two months, it was coming in six months. It still hasn’t come in any way that has brought peace.
“Good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increases,” Pelosi added.
The divisive Speaker’s response was met with a mix of astonishment and anger.
“This is quite an answer. No matter your party —and even if you don’t like all the details inside — the UAE and Bahrain peace deals with Israel are not “distractions” Baier wrote on Twitter.
This is quite an answer. No matter your party —and even if you don’t like all the details inside — the UAE and Bahrain peace deals with Israel are not “distractions”. https://t.co/VlGhxGDBMi
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) September 11, 2020
Horrible response from @SpeakerPelosi. Absolutely egregious.
— Steve (@SNitzsche7) September 11, 2020
Can Democrats join Republicans to congratulate @realDonaldTrump on the peace deals between Israel, the UAE & now Bahrain. Plus, between Kosovo & Serbia. Peace is breaking out. Credit where credit is due, no?
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) September 11, 2020
When people ask why we could not come together during this crisis look no further than Pelosi.
— Theresa Maurer 🇺🇲 (@TheresaMaurer2) September 12, 2020
This is where we are. If Trump cured the virus & cancer they wouldn’t be happy for US! This is a major deal.. so sad.. as a Jewish American I’m thrilled.. let them start to have peace ..
— Audrey (@souffan21) September 11, 2020
It’s pure hatred, nothing else.
— One Nation Under God 🇺🇸 (@lonestartxMary) September 12, 2020
For her, hatred of Trump exists on a plane far above love of America, Americans, or the good that America can do in the world occasionally. She and Senator Schumer bear all the blame for the millions of COVID-19 lockdown victims not getting the financial relief they deserve.
— Buck Leahy (@BuckLeahy) September 12, 2020
As to Pelosi’s snide reference to a prospective peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the latter rejected a Trump administration proposal in January because they want all of Jerusalem, which is the historic capital for Jews.
“We say a thousand times, no, no, no to the deal of the century,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said. “We rejected this deal from the start and our stance was correct.”
Others did see the significance of the peace deals the Trump administration has proposed.
“There was a time not too long ago when, if any US president had brokered peace deals between Israel and UAE, Israel and Bahrain, and Serbia and Kosovo, the news would have been plastered with the news for days upon end,” investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson tweeted Friday.
In fact, the deals are of such significance to leaders around the world that the president has now been nominated twice for a Nobel Peace Prize.
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Norwegian politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde said last week. “As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game-changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity.
Norwegian Parliament member Christian Tybring-Gjedde nominated the president, citing efforts to resolve world conflict. He said: "Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States an international armed conflict." https://t.co/djBIH2hMC5
— Emma Parker (@EmmaParkerUK) September 9, 2020
“Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States an international armed conflict,” the chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly added, noting he’s not a fan of the president.
“The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes,” he said.
And on Friday, Magnus Jacobsson, a Swedish parliamentarian, submitted the president to the Nobel committee for his administration’s success in negotiating a peace agreement between Serbia and Kosovo.
“I have nominated the U.S. Gov. and the governments of Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize for their joint work for peace and economic development, through the cooperation agreement signed in the White House. Trade and communications are important building blocks for peace,” he wrote.