Posted by News Express | 2 October 2020 | 535 times
Along with well wishes for a speedy recovery, Democratic lawmakers are lodging some criticism at President Trump following his positive coronavirus test.
"We all received that news with great sadness," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC. "I always pray for the president and his family that they're safe."
"This is tragic, it's very sad, but it also is something that going into crowds, unmasked and, all the rest, was sort of a brazen invitation for this to happen," Pelosi said, adding that she hoped the news would be a message to others to follow guidelines for avoiding the spread of the virus.
First lady Melania Trump and senior Trump aide Hope Hicks have also tested positive.
Pelosi said that she was tested Friday morning but has not yet received her results. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said he has tested positive for the coronavirus as well. He was at the White House on Saturday to meet with Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. They were photographed without masks. Lee said the test he took during that visit came back negative.
"Let us all just pray for the president's health. Thank God the vice president has tested negatively and the second lady as well," Pelosi said.
Pelosi said about the negotiations on a coronavirus relief bill, "This kind of changes the dynamic," adding, "they're seeing the reality as we've been saying all along."
She said she was in touch with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, whom she has met with and who notified her early Friday morning he tested negative.
The speaker, who is second in line of succession after the vice president, said she hasn't talked to anyone in the White House about any plans and downplayed the issue, saying that "continuity of government is always in place."
"Maybe this will be the moment where people will say, 'OK, masks, distances, sanitation, tracing, treatment.' "
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he wished the president and first lady a "speedy recovery" and echoed some of Pelosi's criticism of the president's pandemic response.
"What happened to President Trump is a reminder of why the whole country, including senators and staff, must follow the science and follow the protocols laid out by the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and public health officials."
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he spoke to Trump Friday morning. He said that the president is in "good spirits" and that they talked about Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation process. (Agency report)
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