Scalise: Dems Shouldn't Politicize Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox News Channel's Hannity to discuss President Trump's commitment to addressing the Coronavirus crisis and protecting the health and safety of Americans.
Despite Democrats' attempts to politicize the Coronavirus response, Whip Scalise urged Congress to come together and provide the necessary tools to properly combat the Coronavirus.
On President Trump’s commitment to keeping Americans safe from the Coronavirus:
"The President has been very keenly focused on addressing this crisis, recognizing how serious it is. The fact that tonight he put Vice President Pence in charge of this, shows you that he wants the highest levels of government directly involved in doing everything we can to protect American citizens. That's what President Trump said, that's what his focus has been, it's also what Vice President Pence's focus has been on. And look, I've been in briefings for weeks and weeks on this issue. A week and a half ago, I was in a briefing at the White House with the top health officials of President Trump's Administration who are aware of every aspect of this. They've been trying to work with China, frankly, China has not been very cooperative at working with us to let us know what's really going on in China. But in the meantime, the President's been focused on keeping Americans safe, and I think it shows in the fact that he's been aware and focused on making sure that we can address this issue properly."
On Democrats’ attempts to politicize the Coronavrius response:
"Congress has a role to play, we're going to have that debate here in the next few weeks. By the way, when I was in that bipartisan briefing at the White House a week and a half ago, not one single Democrat raised any concern about the White House's response. And so, when Chuck Schumer tries to politicize it when President Trump is in India, in a foreign country, just yesterday – how often does that happen when a President's in a foreign country? Typically, you let the President go and represent our country on a foreign stage. Only Chuck Schumer would try to politicize that. He or nobody else a week and a half ago in the White House briefings, or anywhere else, was trying to raise any alarms. President Trump's doing a good job keeping Americans safe, and let's make sure our best health officials are on top of this led by the Vice President making sure we're dealing with this current concern."