President Donald Trump’s latest comments about the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) into a complete breakdown.
According to The Hill, Pelosi posted a tweet Saturday blasting what she called a “dangerous” attempt by the president to “inject himself into the scientific decisions of [the FDA].”
Trump had complained in an earlier tweet that the FDA wasn’t moving quickly enough to approve potential treatments for COVID-19.
“Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd,” he wrote. “Must focus on speed, and saving lives!”
“The Deep State, or whoever”
The coronavirus disease has infected some 5.6 million Americans and killed over 176,000 others since the start of this year, according to The New York Times. President Trump, for his part, is eager to get the pandemic under control — and he wants the FDA to do its part.
In his Saturday tweet, Trump said bureaucracy was slowing things down and urged the FDA to get a move on when it comes to approving vaccines and medications aimed at treating COVID-19.
“The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics,” he complained. But Pelosi apparently wasn’t buying it.
The FDA must approve drugs or vaccines based on their safety and effectiveness – NOT political pressure from the White House.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 22, 2020
“A very dangerous statement”
According to The Hill, Pelosi further alleged at a press briefing later Saturday that “[t]his was a very dangerous statement on the part of the president.”
“Even for him, it went beyond the pale in terms of how he would jeopardize the health and well-being of the American people,” she added, as The Hill reported. “The FDA has a responsibility to approve drugs, judging on their safety and their efficacy, not by a declaration from the White House about speed and politicizing the FDA.”
But at the end of the day, all Trump wants to do is get treatment options in the hands of Americans who need them. It seems Pelosi, however, isn’t feeling that same sense of urgency.
But given that she bolted out of Washington before passing coronavirus relief legislation earlier this month, should we really be surprised?