NANCY Pelosi has accused President Donald Trump of "fooling around" as the cases and deaths from coronavirus in the US continue to soar.
The House Speaker, who represents San Francisco, blasted the president for exacerbating the coronavirus crisis, claiming he denied the severity of the pandemic and delayed assistance for too long.
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The Covid-19 outbreak in the country — where there are now more known cases than in China or Italy — looks vastly different than it did a month ago.
As of Sunday morning, at least 123,617 people across every state had tested positive for the virus and at least 2,133 patients with the virus have died.
Appearing on CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning, Pelosi asserted: "As the president fiddles, people are dying.
"His [President Trump] delaying of getting equipment to where — it continues — his delaying getting equipment to where it's needed is deadly."
His [President Trump] delaying of getting equipment to where — it continues — his delaying getting equipment to where it's needed is deadly
Referencing Trumps call to end state-wide lockdowns as early as Easter, she continued: "And now, I think the best thing would be to do is to prevent more loss of life rather than open things up so that — because we just don't know.
"We have to have testing, testing, testing — that's what we said from the start — before we can evaluate what the nature of it is in some of these other regions, as well."
Pelosi said she also doubted the information Trump was receiving from scientists and how much of that he is sharing with the public.
"I don't know what the scientists are saying to him," the California Democrats lamented.
"What did he know and when did he know it?"
The House passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package on Friday and Trump signed it into law.
Not even 24 hours later, however, the US death toll from coronavirus doubled — with 2,133 lives claimed by the deadly disease.
In the days ahead of the death toll surge, Trump suggested relaxing federal guidelines for states and areas less affected by the virus — but Pelosi says this is a bad idea.
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