Trump Slams Dems For Being Distracted About Impeachment Instead of Focusing on Coronavirus
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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said that his action on the coronavirus was not delayed or impacted by the impeachment trial however he did say that the Democrats' response was.
Check out what the Daily Wire had to say:
The virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, was first detected in Wuhan, China on Dec. 1, according to Chinese officials. Trump’s Senate trial began Jan. 16, a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signed the articles of impeachment with more than a dozen commemorative pens.
The first diagnosis of the virus in the United States was Jan. 20. Trump’s 20-day trial ended Feb. 5 with his acquittal.
During his impeachment trial, the Trump administration created a coronavirus task force, which occurred on Jan. 27. Two days later, Trump chaired a meeting of the task force, which is now led by Vice President Mike Pence. On Jan. 31, the president enacted a travel ban on China, blocking all entries from the country, a move criticized by many Democrats. And on Feb. 4, he mentioned coronavirus in his State of the Union address.
Pelosi later tore Trump’s speech in half.
Democrats, meanwhile, had done little. On Feb. 5, the day Trump was acquitted, Democrats held a hearing, but only in a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Still, they have pointed out that Trump initially downplayed the virus, at one point saying it was already contained in the U.S.
During the daily press conference on Tuesday, the President was asked at one point, “Did [impeachment] divert your attention, or your team’s attention?”
President Trump fired back.
“Did it divert my attention? I think I’m getting A-pluses for the way I handled myself during the phony impeachment, OK? It was a hoax. But certainly I guess I thought of it. And I think I probably acted — I don’t think I would have done any better had I not been impeached, ok? I think that’s a tribute to something. Maybe it’s a tribute to me. But I don’t think I would have acted any differently, or I don’t think I would have acted any faster. But the Democrats, their whole life, whole being, their whole existence was to try and get me out of office any way they can, even if it was a phony deal — and it was a phony deal,” he said.
During an interview on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a similar response.
“It came up while we were tied down in the impeachment trial," said McConnell. "And I think it diverted the attention of the government because everything every day was all about impeachment.”
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
The Senate voted on February 5 to acquit President Donald Trump after months of investigations and testimonies. There were votes on the two separate articles of impeachment. The first vote was on the abuse of power article and the second was obstruction of Congress.
The House of Representatives officially voted Jan. 15 to send the articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate and approved the House’s impeachment managers.
Now, the coronavirus is one of the only things Congress is focusing on, as the deadly disease continues to spread throughout the U.S.
Five members of congress have tested positive so far: Reps. Joe Cunningham, Mike Kelly, Mario Diaz Balart, Ben McAdams, and Rep. Nydia Velázquez.
Members of Congress in both the House and the Senate have also announced they are self-quarantining as coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S.
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