Earlier today House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered President Trump and his administration harsh and false criticism for their handling of the coronavirus.
"Hopefully we can make up for the loss of time...and not be using scare tactics about people coming back to our country."— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 26, 2020
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the Trump administration's response against coronavirus is "late—too late—anemic." https://t.co/GfPH6SyIMF pic.twitter.com/H6QZATNyeD
Speaking to reporters from the White House briefing room Wednesday evening, President Trump slammed Pelosi for trying to score political points during a public health emergency.
"I think Speaker Pelosi is incompetent. She lost the Congress once, I think she's going to lose it again," Trump said. "I think she's incompetent and I think she's not thinking about the country. Instead of making a statement like that, where I've been beating her routinely, at everything, instead of making a statement like that she should be saying, 'We have to work together because we have a big problem, potentially,' and maybe it's going to be a very little problem, I hope that it's a very little problem, but we have to work together. Instead she wants to do the same thing as crying Chuck Schumer...it's so bad for the country."
"She's trying to create a panic and there's no reason to panic," he continued. "All they're trying to do is get a political advantage, This isn't about political advantage. We're all trying to do the right thing."
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence has been placed in charge of a new coronavirus task force and will relay information from all federal agencies working on the issue to the American people and President Trump.