House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday dubbed President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE "Mr. Make Matters Worse," bestowing him with the new nickname over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This president, I have a new name for him: Mr. Make Matters Worse,” Pelosi said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
“He has made matters worse from the start — delay, denial, it’s a hoax, it’ll go away magically, it’s a miracle, and all the rest — and we’re in this situation,” Pelosi added, referencing the president’s repeated suggestions that the virus may spontaneously disappear “like a miracle.”
.@SpeakerPelosi on @RealDonaldTrump's handling of #COVID19 crisis as country aims to return to normal:— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) July 26, 2020
"I have new name for him, Mr. Make matters worse. He has made matters worse from the start. Delay, denial, 'it's a hoax', 'it's a miracle' and the rest." pic.twitter.com/Cy7FBEkYut
“Now they want to send our children to school,” she added.
The White House has been pushing to resume in-person classes in the fall and threatened to defund school districts that refuse.
“The best way to send our children to school is to fund it,” she added, highlighting the need for improved ventilation and physical spacing in classrooms to allow for social distancing.
“That takes money. That’s in the HEROES Act,” she added, referencing the relief package the House passed months ago.
The White House has aggressively pushed for schools to reopen in the fall nationwide, noting children’s lower chances of becoming seriously ill from the virus, while opponents have cited children’s potential to spread the virus to staff and members of their households. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines to recommend schools reopen with precautions based on local community spread, advising some form of reopening except for areas with uncontrolled community transmission.