Trump calls Pelosi a ‘sick woman’ after her remarks on his weight
President Trump criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday, calling her a “sick woman” and a “waste of time” after the lawmaker labeled him “morbidly obese” in a television interview a day prior.
“I don’t respond to her. I think she’s a waste of time,” Trump told reporters on Capitol Hill when asked for his response to Pelosi’s remarks during a CNN interview Monday evening.
Later, in response to an unrelated question about the case involving his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump lashed out at Pelosi, alleging she has “mental problems.”
“Pelosi is a sick woman. She’s got a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems. We’re dealing with people that have to get their act together for the good of the country,” Trump said.
Pelosi criticized Trump on Monday for taking hydroxychloroquine — a drug he has touted as a potential treatment for coronavirus that has raised safety concerns — pointing to his age and weight as reasons he should be wary of the drug.
“I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say,” Pelosi said during an appearance on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“So, I think that it’s not a good idea,” she added.
Trump revealed on Monday that he had been taking hydroxychloroquine in addition to zinc as a preventative measure, saying he heard positive reviews of the drug from front-line health-care workers. Trump said he consulted with the White House physician about taking the drug, and the White House released a letter Monday evening from physician Sean Conley saying the two determined “the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”
The relationship between Trump and Pelosi, while never strong, grew increasingly sour throughout Trump’s impeachment. The two haven’t spoken in months despite the global pandemic. Pelosi notably ripped up a copy of Trump’s speech at the State of the Union in February after the president declined to shake her hand when he entered the chamber.
Still, Pelosi has developed a working relationship with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as Congress and the White House have negotiated legislative packages to address the health and economic crises spurred by the coronavirus.