House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to compare the Trump administration’s actions to elephant dung at the conclusion of a discussion that focused largely on ongoing negotiations for a new coronavirus bill.
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Pelosi spoke of his desire to reach an agreement as soon as possible.
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“Because we want to have an agreement we can come and negotiate, and we can do it now, but what’s the difference, a few days, except we can have it before the elections, we want it as soon as possible,”
Pelosi was unclear whether his use of “elephant” was a general reference to Republicans, or whether he specifically referred to President Trump. Fox News contacted Pelosi’s office to clarify his statement, but they didn’t respond immediately.
Pelosi spent much of the interview talking about negotiations between Democrats and Republicans on the next pandemic response package, saying they have 48 hours to reach an agreement in order to pass legislation before the November elections. He said when administration officials said Democrats accepted the language for a test plan, this wasn’t entirely accurate.
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“On this subject where we agree, we don’t have a language agreement yet, but I hope,” Pelosi said. He said the administration changed terms like “requirements” to “recommendations” and “plan” to “strategy” and “must” to “May”.
“When you say ‘can’ you are giving the president a black fund,” Pelosi said. “He can do it, he can concede, he can refuse.” He indicated that the word “must” tells them to follow science.
Pelosi also said that Republicans “extracted 55% of the language we had there to test and trace”, which was important because the lack of sufficient testing and tracing has contributed to minorities being more heavily affected. from COVID-19.
Pelosi called for a “national plan,” while Republicans said states should set their own strategy, with the ability for CDC to provide guidance.
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“You can’t let states decide how they will address the minority community,” he said.
Pelosi said she was ultimately optimistic about reaching a deal, but said whether or not it will happen before the election is up to the Trump administration.