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U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has called out Nancy Pelosi for “disgusting” and “unbecoming” comments about President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis. In an interview with Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo, McCarthy also took the House Speaker to task for her unwillingness to negotiate in good faith with the GOP for an additional coronavirus stimulus bill that can garner bipartisan support.
McCarthy was reacting to Pelosi’s claim on MSNBC that the president’s infection “was sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen” because he’s been holding rallies and interacting with people without wearing a mask. This notwithstanding the fact that she was recently caught on surveillance video not wearing one at a San Francisco hair salon that was supposed to be closed as non-essential business.
McCarthy told Bartiromo that he had a lengthy conversation with the president by telephone late on Friday night who called in from his Walter Reed hospital suite. When the Fox Business host sought McCarthy’s reaction to the San Francisco Democrat’s inflammatory and divisive rhetoric, as well as online hate being spewed by Trump foes, when news broke that the president was COVID-positive, the GOP leader didn’t hold back.
“Well, it’s rather disgusting, and we’ve watched Speaker Pelosi say this before that we’re enemies of the state. This is uncalled for especially in this time and place, and remember, other nations are watching America. This is a one-time that we could unite together. I listened in the president’s voice — none of those types of languages to anybody across.”
“The one thing I did hear more of is how committed — he’s even doubling down to make sure that he lowers prescription drug prices, that he protects pre-existing conditions, and he’s sitting here trying to work with this Speaker to get a COVID relief package together, and these are the comments that she makes? it’s really unbecoming of that position.”
(Source: Fox Business)
According to McCarthy, he could tell that Trump wasn’t feeling well, but the president expressed concern about others who unfortunately have received the COVID diagnosis and are dealing with the symptoms.
“He was determined to make sure we defeat this virus, and he was so appreciative of the thoughts, the prayers, and the well-wishes, but he was still doing work. We were talking about how we could get the Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, to stop playing politics and actually get a COVID relief bill…that we could put people before politics.”
If the Republicans retake the House on Election Day 2020 (or whenever Election Day actually ends), McCarthy — who represents a district in the San Joaquin Valley area — would likely replace Pelosi as the chamber’s Speaker.
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