House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has laid responsibly for American deaths from the coronavirus at President Donald Trump's feet, claiming his "delayed" response to the virus is costing American lives.
Pelosi said on CNN over the weekend:
The president, his denial at the beginning, was deadly. His delaying of getting equipment to where it continues his delaying in getting equipment to where it's needed, is deadly.
As the president fiddles, people are dying.
But just one month ago, as COVID-19 was ravaging China and beginning to emerge in the west, Pelosi told her constituents to practically ignore warnings about the virus.
Amid concerns that Chinese Americans were experiencing racial backlash, Pelosi urged San Franciscans to visit San Fran's Chinatown, referring to COVID-19 as some far-away reality.
"It's exciting to be here, especially at this time, to be able to be unified with our community," the California Democrat said on Feb. 24. "We want to be vigilant about what is out there in other places. We want to be careful about how we deal with it, but we do want to say to people 'Come to Chinatown, here we are — we're, again, careful, safe — and come join us.'"
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Just two days after Pelosi's pronouncement, the San Francisco Chronicle published a story titled, "Get ready now for probable coronavirus pandemic in U.S., federal officials warn."
But some of Trump's response to COVID-19 was actually proactive.
In late January, just days after the first American COVID-19 case was confirmed in Seattle, the Trump administration announced travel restrictions on China and a mandatory 14-day quarantine for U.S. citizens returning from China's Hubei province, where COVID-19 originated.