House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to compare the Trump administration’s actions to elephant feces at the conclusion of a discussion that focused more on ongoing negotiations for a new coronavirus-assisted bill.
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week”, Pelosi spoke about his desire to reach an agreement sooner rather than later.
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“Because we want to have an agreement we can come to negotiations, and we can do it now but what a difference, a few days, other than we can have it before the election, we want it as soon as possible,”; he said. Pelosi. “And I definitely like it because I don’t want to sweep after throwing this elephant into going to a new presidency in a few short months.”
Pelosi is not clear if his use of the “elephant” is a general reference to Republicans, or if he means he is specific to President Trump. Fox News reached out to Pelosi’s office to clarify his statement, but they did not respond immediately.
Pelosi spent most of the interview talking about negotiations between Democrats and Republicans on the next package of pandemic response, saying they had 48 hours to reach an agreement to pass the law before election in November. He claims that when administration officials said Democrats agreed on the language for a test plan, it was not entirely accurate.
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“On this topic where we have an agreement, we do not yet have a language agreement, but I hope so,” Pelosi said. He said the administration has changed terms such as “requirements” to “recommendations,” and “plan” to “strategy,” and “should” to “may.”
“When you say ‘yes’ you give the president a slush fund,” Pelosi claims. “He can do it, he can give in, he can hold back.” He indicated that the word “should” tells them to follow science.
Pelosi also said that Republicans “take 55% of the language we have there for testing and monitoring,” which he said is important because a lack of adequate testing and monitoring has contributed to minorities more affected by COVID-19.
Pelosi called for a “national plan,” while Republicans said states should set their own strategy, capable of providing CDC guidance.
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“You can’t leave it up to the states to decide how they will deal with the minority community,” he said.
Pelosi said he was ultimately optimistic about reaching an agreement, but said whether or not it happened before the election was in the Trump administration.