White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany spoke out on Monday to rip into Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for stalling coronavirus relief aid.
“The president decided front-line workers need to come first,” McEnany said while appearing on Fox News. “Our residents in long-term care facilities need to come first.”
This came one day after Trump tweeted that administration officials “should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary. … I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time.”
“We will still have continuity of government,” McEnany continued. “Key officials like Situation Room staff, among others, will have access to this vaccine, and some certain members of Congress, and there will be continuity of government. But he is unashamed in saying, ‘Look, number one, it’s the most vulnerable, it’s our heroic frontline workers — who should be Time [magazine] Person of the Year, by the way — and it should be our residents in long-term care facilities.’”
“We want to see this thing get done,” she added of a relief bill. “I talked with the [White House] chief of staff [Mark Meadows] about it this morning. He said Nancy Pelosi is unfortunately putting the interest of trial lawyers first. These trial lawyers are the ones who are going to go after small businesses. That’s the last thing they need as they are trying to weather COVID, is all of this liability on their hands.”
“We also want the money to go directly to the American people in the form of direct payment checks,” McEnany said. “Come on, Nancy Pelosi. Negotiate. That is all we are asking for.”
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany @PressSec Explains Covid Relief Has Been Political Because Of Nancy Pelosi.
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Earlier this month, Pelosi practically admitted that she had been stalling coronavirus aid for months because Donald Trump was still in office. When asked why she had suddenly started supporting a smaller relief package after the election, Pelosi cited “a new president and a vaccine.”
She went on to say that the new proposal “has simplicity, it’s what we had in our bills, it’s for a shorter period of time, but that’s O.K. now because we have a new president.”
This piece was written by James Samson on December 15, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.