House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s criticism of President Trump over his halting of funding to the World Health Organization goes beyond just a personal attack, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Saturday night.
“So her issue is she hates Trump to the point of hurting our own nation,” Graham said on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
“She hates Trump to the point of hurting our own nation.”
“She is condemning President Trump for cutting funds off of the WHO because they’ve been in China‘s pocket, as she at one time mentioned, the fact the virus came out of China, that the Chinese Communist Party lied to the American people and the world at large.”
Pelosi blasted Trump’s decision to freeze funding for the WHO, vowing Wednesday to “swiftly” challenge the action amid the coronavirus crisis. In a statement, Pelosi, D-Calif., said the halt in funding amid the global pandemic was “senseless.”
Graham defended President Trump and his Chinese travel ban for protecting Americans.
“President Trump has done a damn good job protecting this country,” Graham said. “He closed down travel to China when nobody in the world suggested we should. On March 13th, he declared a national emergency, put CDC guidelines into place that I think have saved a million Americans.
“You may not agree with me, but I believe if we’d done nothing, if President Trump had not acted March 13th, there’d be a million-plus dead Americans.”
“President Trump has done a damn good job protecting this country. He closed down travel to China when nobody in the world suggested we should.”
The senator also commented on China’s role in the global pandemic, saying the Communist country needs to atone for its role.
“Gross negligence and willful deception by the Chinese government has led to 22 million Americans being unemployed and 38,000 Americans dead,” Graham said. “And China needs to pay.”
“People are taking to the streets, pushing back against some of the more stringent restrictions in some states,” Wallace said during the interview, which is set to air Sunday on Fox News Channel. “Can you understand why they’re doing that?”
Pelosi responded: “No, not, not really because what we have to do is, is, is shelter in place. That is really the answer.”
“Testing. Tracing. Treatment. Shelter in place. And I do think that it’s unfortunate,” Pelosi told Wallace. “But, you know, people will do what they do. But the fact is, we’re all impatient. We all want out. But what they’re doing is really unfortunate.”
Around 22 million people filed for unemployment over the past month. Only essential businesses have remained open and operational during the various stay-at-home orders across the country, leaving many without work.
Protests have taken place across the U.S. the past week and on Saturday, with residents in several states calling for an end to respective stay-at-home orders.