Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create a panic on coronavirus

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE on Wednesday accused Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump says he opposes mail-in voting for November On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans The bipartisan neutering of the Congressional Budget Office MORE (D-Calif.) of trying to create a panic over the coronavirus, hitting back after she said he didn’t know what he was talking about on the subject. 

“She’s trying to create a panic,” Trump told reporters in a rare appearance in the White House briefing room to discuss the virus, adding there was no reason for one.

Pelosi earlier on Wednesday said, “I don’t think the president knows what he’s talking about” when it comes to fighting the virus. 

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She also visited San Francisco's Chinatown earlier this week to urge calm in the face of the virus and say it is still safe to come visit businesses there.

"We think it’s very safe to be in Chinatown and hope that others will come," she said.

Trump hit back hard in an extended answer to a question from a reporter while standing alongside public health experts at a briefing on the virus. 

“I think Speaker Pelosi’s incompetent,” he said, adding that he thinks Democrats will lose control of the House. 

“I think she’s not thinking about the country,” he added. “She should be saying we have to work together.”

Trump also has criticized the media's coverage of the virus as overly negative as he seeks to reassure the public. 

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He added criticism of Pelosi's district in California.

“She should go back to her district and clean it up," he said.

“We should all be working together," he added. 

A Pelosi spokesperson responded to Trump's criticism, tweeting, "This is what competent leadership looks like."

Pelosi and even some congressional Republicans have criticized the administration's $2.5 billion emergency funding request as not enough money. Trump said Wednesday he would accept as much money as Congress wanted to provide. 

Updated: 8:47 p.m.