WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said May 14 that President Donald Trumps criticism of China for the pandemic is an attempt to divert attention from domestic issues.
“What the President is saying about China is interesting. Its an interesting diversion,” she said at a press conference in response to a question by The Epoch Times on whether Beijing should be held accountable for the delayed COVID-19 response.
“Right now our focus should be on meeting the needs of the American people,” she said.
“Therell be plenty of time for an after-action review,” she noted. And its “urgent and needed” for scientists “to trace the origins of such a pandemic scientifically, but not politically.”
Pelosi also urged lawmakers to focus their “energy on how we go forward [instead of] making judgments about what this administration did or didnt do.”
Trump has repeatedly criticized Beijing for mishandling the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. He described the pandemic as the “worst attack” the Americans have ever had.
“It was either stupidity, incompetence or it was deliberate, one or the other,” Trump told Maria Bartiromo on May 14 in an interview for Fox Business Network.
“But you know the worst of all, whether it came from the lab or came from the bats, it all came from China. And they shouldve stopped it. They could have stopped at that source.”
The coronavirus has sickened more than 1.4 million people in the United States and as of Thursday evening, more than 85,800 people have died due to the virus.
Public opinion in the United States has shifted drastically against the Chinese regime after the pandemic. In a recent poll, Americans reported bipartisan distrust of the Chinese regime for its handling of the outbreak.
A Harris Poll survey conducted from March 14 to April 5 showed that 77 percent of Americans blame Beijing for the spread of the virus.
The belief was echoed across the political spectrum, as 67 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of independents, and 90 percent of Republicans think the Chinese regime is responsible for the pandemic.