House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed on Wednesday that she did not say “anything about the president” when she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper earlier this week that she thought President Donald Trump was “morbidly obese.”
“Given what you just said about the President and his administration, how are you confident that you are going to be able to come together?” a reporter asked Pelosi. “The two of you have been exchanging pretty strong criticism in the last few days. How does that help negotiating another deal?”
“Well, I didn’t say anything about the President,” Pelosi falsely claimed. “I gave him a dose of his own medicine. He’s called women one thing or another over time. And I thought he thinks that passes off as humor in certain cultures. And I thought that was what that was. And I was only quoting what doctors had said about him. So I was being factual in a very sympathetic way.”
.@SpeakerPelosi on calling President Trump morbidly obese: "I gave him a dose of his own medicine…I was only quoting what doctors had said about him so I was being factual in a very sympathetic way."
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 20, 2020
Later during the press conference, Pelosi said that Trump had “doggy doo on his shoes” while responding to a question about Trump bringing up an intern who worked for Joe Scarborough who was found dead in his office in 2001.
“You’re asking me about the appropriateness of the actions of this President of the United States?” Pelosi said. “It’s like a child who comes in with mud on their pants or something. That’s the way it is. They’re outside playing. That’s what it… He comes in with doggy doo on his shoes and everybody who works with him has that on their shoes, too, for a very long time to come.”
.@SpeakerPelosi on appropriateness of President Trump's actions: "It's like a child who comes in with mud on their pants…He comes in with doggy doo on his shoes and everybody who works with him has that on their shoes, too, for a very long time to come." pic.twitter.com/twUgvU17rH
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 20, 2020
This entire situation started when Pelosi on Monday responded to Trump announcing that he was taking hydroxychloroquine by telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “As far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say. So I think it’s not a good idea.”
White House doctor Sean P. Conley wrote a letter addressing the matter late on Monday: “After numerous discussions he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks. In conclusion with our inter-agency partners and subject matter experts around the country, I continue to monitor the myriad studies investigating potential COVID-19 therapies, and I anticipate employing the same shared medical decision making based on the evidence at hand in the future.”
Trump responded on Tuesday evening, when asked by reporters, by saying, “I don’t respond to her, I think she’s a waste of time.”
Trump later added, “These people are sick. Pelosi is a sick woman, she’s got a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems. We’re dealing with people that have to get their act together for the good of the country.”
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