President Trump has railed against “partisan investigations” and “witch hunts” amid the coronavirus pandemic after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) established a special House committee to examine the federal response to the pandemic.
“I want to remind everyone here in our nation’s capital, especially in Congress, that this is not the time for politics,” Trump said during his most recent daily breifing. “Endless partisan investigations have already done extraordinary damage to our country in recent years.”
The president then added, “It’s not any time for witch hunts. It’s time to get this enemy defeated.”
Mr. Trump hammered Capitol Hill Democrats for organizing an inquest of the administration in the middle of a health crisis.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Thursday that she’s creating a new House committee to oversee the coronavirus response.
“It’s witch hunt after witch hunt after witch hunt,” Trump continued. “And in the end it’s people doing the witch hunt who are losing — and they’ve been losing by a lot. And it’s not any time for witch hunts.”
Speaking of the virus, Trump said: “It’s time to get this enemy defeated. Conducting these partisan investigations during a pandemic is a really big waste of vital resources, time, attention. And we want to fight for American lives, not waste time and build up my poll numbers, because that’s all they’re doing, because everyone knows it’s ridiculous.”
He also hinted that federal officials will advise that Americans wear masks to limit the spread of coronavirus, only to then suggest a scarf might be better.
“If people wanted to wear them, they can,” Mr. Trump said of masks.
Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the coronavirus task force, said the forthcoming advisory will not be a substitute for hand-washing and standing far apart from others, because people tend to touch their faces and might get a false sense of security from masks.
Mrs. Pelosi did announce the creation of a special bipartisan House committee on Thursday to review how the administration spends part of the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package for businesses harmed by the nationwide shutdown.
“Is there a need for an after-action review? Absolutely,” she said. “But I don’t want to wait for that because we are in the action now.”
Democrats’ allegation that the White House dawdled in the face of crisis came as Republicans pointed out that in January, when the Trump administration blocked travel from China and formed a coronavirus task force, Democrats, led by Pelosi were only focused on his impeachment.
The fireworks came as the coronavirus pandemic reached the grim worldwide milestones of 1 million cases and 50,000 deaths.