House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi appeared to be likening the Trump administration’s actions to elephant dung at the end of a discussion that mainly focused on ongoing negotiations for a new coronavirus relief law.
Speaking to ABC’s This Week, Pelosi spoke of her desire to strike a deal 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’s the difference, a few days, except we can have it before choosing what we want as soon as possible,”
Pelosi was unclear whether her use of “elephant” was a general reference to Republicans or whether she was referring to President Trump in particular. Fox News reached out to Pelosi’s office to clarify her statement, but they did not respond immediately.
Pelosi spent much of the interview talking about negotiations between Democrats and Republicans over the next pandemic response package. He said they had 48 hours to reach an agreement to pass laws ahead of the November elections. She claimed that when government officials said the Democrats had approved the language for a test plan, this was not entirely true.
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“In this area where we agree, we don’t have an agreement on the language yet, but I’m hopeful,” said Pelosi. She said the administration had changed terms like “requirements” to “recommendations” and “plan” to “strategy” and “should” to “may”.
“When you say ‘Mai’ you are giving the president a slush fund,” Pelosi said. “He can do this, he can allow, he can hold back.” She stated that the word “should” tells them to follow science.
Pelosi also said Republicans “took out 55% of the language we had there for testing and tracking,” which is important as a lack of adequate testing and tracking has made minorities more affected by COVID-19 be.
Pelosi called for a “national plan” while Republicans said states should set their own strategy, with the CDC’s ability to provide guidance.
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“You cannot leave it to the states to decide how to address the minority community,” she said.
Pelosi said she was ultimately optimistic about getting a deal but said whether or not it happens before the election is up to the Trump administration.