House Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared the Trump administration’s actions to elephant manure at the end of a debate that focused mainly on ongoing negotiations on a new bill to help the coronavirus.
Speaking to ABC this week, Pelosi spoke of her desire to agree on this sooner rather than later.
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“Because we want to agree, we can come to negotiations, and we can do it now, but what’s the difference, a few days, except that we can agree to the elections we want as soon as possible,”; Pelosi said. “And I definitely want that, because I don’t want to have to sweep this elephant dump after that when we take over the new presidency in a few short months.”
Pelosi did not understand whether the use of her “elephant” was a general reference to Republicans, or whether she meant President Trump in particular. Fox News contacted Pelosi’s office to clarify her statement, but they did not respond immediately.
Pelosi conducted most of the interviews, talking about talks between Democrats and Republicans on the next package of measures to respond to the pandemic, saying they have 48 hours to reach an agreement to pass legislation before the November election. She argued that when administration officials said Democrats agreed on a language for the test plan, it was not entirely accurate.
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“On this issue, where we have an agreement, we have not yet agreed 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 fund,” Pelosi said. “He can do it, he can give, he can refuse.” She noted that the word “should” tells them to follow science.
Pelosi also said that Republicans “took 55% of the language we had there for testing and tracking,” which she said was important because the lack of sufficient testing and tracking has led to greater impact on COVID-19. minorities.
Pelosi called for a “national plan,” while Republicans said states should define their own strategy with the CDC’s ability to provide guidance.
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“You can’t leave it up to the states to address the minority community,” she said.
Pelosi said she was ultimately optimistic about reaching an agreement, but said whether it would happen before the election was a matter for the Trump administration.