House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fired back at President Trump on Thursday after he called her “incompetent,” urging bipartisanship before calling his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak “opaque and often chaotic.”
“Lives are at stake,” Pelosi said during her weekly press conference. “This is not a time for name-calling or playing politics.”
The California Democrat said she and her fellow Democrats are working with Republicans to reach agreement on emergency funding to combat the spread of the deadly virus, which countries are racing to contain.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for $8.5 billion in emergency funding Wednesday, while the White House outlined a $2.5 billion plan Monday that includes $1.25 billion in new funds. Mr. Trump, however, told reporters at the White House on Wednesday his administration would spend “whatever’s appropriate” to adequately fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Any emergency funding package approved by Congress must include entirely new money,