Stinging from criticism of the way he’s handled the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump is accusing House speaker Nancy Pelosi of encouraging people to party in Chinatown despite stay at home orders, reports KRON-TV
“They’re criticizing me for closing the border,” Trump said about his decision in late January to restrict travel from China into the U.S. “I did that very early. By the way I did that very early while Nancy Pelosi was trying to have in San Francisco parties in Chinatown because she thought it would be great.”
In February, responding to racism facing Asian American businesses, Pelosi urged people not to avoid them.
“This fear is — I think — is unwarranted in light of the precautions being taken here in the United States,” she said.
Trump interpreted that as meaning “She wanted to show that (the coronavirus) doesn’t exist.”
The San Francisco Chronicle described that statement as “inaccurate.”
In fact, it was Trump who after closing the borders told the public that everything was under control and sat there as the virus spread from China to Italy. He didn’t close the borders from Europe until March. Many have criticized him for delaying calling for people to stay at home in the United States and for virtually doing nothing in February except to dismiss the threat.
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