'Afraid of truth': Pelosi rips Trump's wild briefings as he bars coronavirus task force from testifying before House

‘Afraid of truth’: Pelosi rips Trump’s wild briefings as he bars coronavirus task force from testifying before House


‘Afraid of truth’: Pelosi rips Trump’s wild briefings as he bars coronavirus task force from testifying before House

‘Afraid of truth’: Pelosi rips Trump’s wild briefings as he bars coronavirus task force from testifying before House

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is speculating that the Trump administration “might be afraid of truth” after the White House barred members of its Coronavirus Task Force from testifying before the House this month.

The task force includes Vice President Mike Pence, infectious disease experts Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and others.

“The fact is that we need to allocate resources for this. In order to do that, any appropriations bill must begin in the House, and we have to have the information to act upon,” Ms Pelosi said in an interview with CNN on Monday.


A recent White House memo ordered task force members and their key deputies not to accept invitations from the House to testify about the coronavirus crisis “during the month of May” so that they can focus on responding to the pandemic.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, a former House member himself, has said the administration could make exceptions to its House rule.

Ms Pelosi dismissed the administration’s explanation that the task force was too busy to prepare for hearings.

“I was hoping they would spend more time on the crisis instead of those daily shows that the President put on,” she said, referring to the task force’s daily briefings through most of April that Democrats say doubled as campaign rallies for Mr Trump.

The president often spent close to an hour at the briefings touting his accomplishments, putting down his political rivals, and making tenuous predictions about Covid-19 while other members of the task force sat or stood next to him in silence.

“The fact that they say, ‘We are too busy being on TV to come to the Capitol’ is, well, business as usual for them. But it is not business that will be helpful to addressing this,” Ms Pelosi said.



Mr Trump indicated on Tuesday he would let task force members, including Mr Fauci, testify before the Republican-controlled Senate. But the Democratic-controlled House, which he characterised as “a bunch of Trump haters,” was still a no go.

“The House is a set up. The House is a bunch of Trump haters,” he said. “They, frankly, want our situation to be unsuccessful, which means death.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has harangued his Republican colleagues on several occasions recently for not holding any public hearings this week with any members of the task force.

The White House coronavirus press briefings are not enough, Mr Schumer has said.

“We need have intense hearings where they’re asked question after question. You know, at the White House, a reporter asks a good question and the president just belittles him and shuts up the people up behind him. We cannot have that. There’s too much at stake,” the minority leader said in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Mr Fauci has broken ranks with Mr Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on their anti-China conspiracy theories that the coronavirus that has killed nearly 70,000 Americans was created in a Chinese lab.

That is a “circular argument,” Mr Fauci said of the theory espoused by Mr Trump and Mr Pompeo.


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