House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday slammed President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and gave him the nickname “Mr. Make Matters Worse.”
“This president, I have a new name for him: Mr. Make Matters Worse. He has made matters worse from the start. Delay, denial, it’s a hoax, or going magically — it’s a miracle, and all the rest,” the California Democrat said on CBS News program “Face the Nation.”
Pelosi jabbed at Trump as Senate Republicans prepare to introduce coronavirus legislation on Monday after talks with the White House. House Democrats passed a rival $3 trillion bill in May.
The House speaker objected to a Republican liability waiver for employers and said she wants more money for school preparedness. Many other issues divide the parties, including the size of unemployment benefits and whether to bail out state governments.
Trump and Pelosi have had an acrimonious relationship, especially after her leadership in impeaching him in December for pushing Ukraine to investigate Democrats.
In May, the clash got ugly when Pelosi said on CNN that Trump should not be taking the drug hydroxychloroquine to protect against COVID-19 because he is “morbidly obese.”
Trump, in turn, told reporters at the Capitol that Pelosi is a “sick woman” with “mental problems.”
The next day, Pelosi claimed she’s spoken to doctors about Trump’s mental state and decided he’s “a confabulator — someone who just really doesn’t even know what the truth is.”
“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. He comes in with doggy doo on his shoes and everybody who works with him has that on their shoes, too,” she said.