Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) Calls speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday Shows Preview: Trump COVID-19 Diagnosis Rocks Washington Election, 2020 Trump Pushes New Coronavirus Stimulus Deal: “GET IT DONE” McConnell tries to delay Senate return after 3 lawmakers positive for COVID-19 Have tested MORE (D-Calif.) To apologize for your following comments President Trump‘s coronavirus diagnosis accusing them of “blaming victims”.
After announcing early Friday that Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, Pelosi wished the president a safe recovery but found he was repeatedly seen at events without a mask. She said he could have taken extra precautions to avoid contracting the virus.
“It is with great sadness that we have all received this news. I always pray for the President and his family that they are safe,” she said during an appearance on MSNBC Friday.
“It’s tragic. It’s very sad. But it’s also something that went back into the crowd, exposed and everything else, kind of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen,” she added.
In a letter sent to Pelosi, Banks said her comments were “insensitive” and it sounded like she was suggesting that Trump deserves to be in touch with coronavirus.
“On Friday, after learning that the President of the United States tested positive for COVID-19, you replied, ‘This is tragic, this is very sad, but it’s something that went into the crowd, exposed and everything Other Kind of a bold invitation for that, ”Banks wrote.
“The suggestion that everyone deserves to get COVID-19 is insulting and shameful, and it is especially impervious to any single American whose family member or friend has perished from the disease. This is why we are writing to ask you To apologize to everyone who has been directly affected by this devastating virus, “he added.
The banks continued to accuse Pelosi of failing to understand the risks faced by frontline workers, arguing that they insulted Trump, who works in positions where they may be exposed to COVID-19, by claiming Trump was partly to blame for the Contagion with the virus.
“Madame Speaker, according to the LA TimesYour minimum net worth is $ 16 million, and you just took out a $ 5 million mortgage last year. You and your husband Paul own at least nine properties valued at $ 18 million, ”he continued.
“Accordingly, you may not understand the predicament millions of Americans find themselves in. It is up to you to decide whether to expose themselves and their families to the invisible threat of COVID-19 or bring income home to pay the bills and putting good food on the table since March, every day a front-line worker left home to go to work and had to bear the burden of the risk of coming home to loved ones with COVID-19 ” , he wrote.
“On behalf of the millions of Americans who have contracted this virus, I officially apologize for implying that those who suffer from this disease are somehow to blame for their pain. I also urge you not to fall back on the guilt of the victims at this difficult time in American history, ”he added.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySunday Shows Preview: Trump COVID-19 Diagnosis Shakes Washington, 2020 Election Demand For COVID-19 Tests At Capitol Grows After Trump Tests Are Positive. House Approves .2T COVID-19 Relief Bill As White House Talks MORE (R-Calif.) Has also targeted Pelosi’s remarks, arguing she should focus on negotiating an additional COVID-19 relief package that can pass both chambers.
“This is inappropriate at this time and in this place,” he said during one Look on Fox News on Sunday.
“Other nations are watching America. This is the only time we can team up. … [Trump] sitting here trying to work with this spokeswoman to put together a COVID relief package and these are the comments she makes? It is really unsuitable for this position. ”
Since the pandemic began, Democrats have repeatedly blown the president’s response efforts, targeting his comments on wearing masks and holding election rallies.
Next to the President and the First Lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJaime Harrison debates Graham behind Plexiglas Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages about the President’s health. Trump receives the second dose of remdesivir “without complications,” “not yet out of the woods,” says Conley MORESeveral White House officials, three GOP senators, and a number of people who attended an outdoor ceremony where Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee have tested positive for the virus.
While it cannot be confirmed that the people at the White House Rose Garden event were infected with the virus, some participants were seen without a mask or social distancing.