(USA Features) Republican lawmakers clapped back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the California Democrat blamed President Donald Trump for coronavirus “deaths” during a Sunday news program appearance.
“What the president — his denial at the beginning was deadly. His delaying of getting equipment to where — it continues — his delay in getting equipment to where it’s needed is deadly,” Pelosi said during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“When did this president know about this and what did he know? What did he know and when did he know it?” she added.
GOP lawmakers were outraged.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tweeted: “When @realDonaldTrump formed the Wuhan #coronavirus task force in, Nancy Pelosi was passing out her impeachment pens.”
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) March 30, 2020
The hand-out took place January 15 and President Trump formed his coronavirus task force January 29. However, Democrats began their opening impeachment arguments during that timeframe.
The first news report of the first known death from the coronavirus was on January 11, and the first person with coronavirus reportedly arrived in the U.S. on January 23.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) said Pelosi ought to “sit this one out” instead of blaming the president for coronavirus deaths in the U.S.
“The Speaker should sit this one out trying to spend this critical time playing the coronavirus blame game,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I vividly remember that the same day Pres Trump first met with his coronavirus Task Force on January 29, 2020, Congress was being hijacked with her sham impeachment trial,” he added.
The Speaker should sit this one out trying to spend this critical time playing the coronavirus blame game.
I vividly remember that the same day Pres Trump first met with his coronavirus Task Force on January 29, 2020, Congress was being hijacked with her sham impeachment trial. pic.twitter.com/UaQVrnfFwn
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) March 30, 2020
Democrats also criticized the president as being “xenophobic” for shutting down travel from China early on.