Nancy Pelosi calls controversial salon incident a ‘setup’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday called her private visit to a San Francisco hair salon earlier this week, in which she received styling indoors despite city-wide restrictions on indoor styling, “clearly a setup,” following criticism from President Donald Trump and Republicans.

In a press conference in San Francisco on coronavirus legislation, Pelosi claimed she was misled by the neighborhood salon. Security footage showed her at one point wearing a mask around her neck instead of over her face.

“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to, over the years, many times, and that when they said what we’re able to accommodate people one person at a time, and that we can set up that time, I trusted that. As it turns out, that was the setup.” Pelosi told reporters. “So, I take responsibility for falling for a setup. And that’s all I’m going to say on that.”

“I think that this salon owes me an apology, for setting me up,” she added later.

Asked how she was set up, Pelosi bristled, asking reporters in turn, “Do you have any questions about how people are dying?”

“There’s more to this that I’m not going into as to the motivation of a salon to say to me, ‘Yes come in’ … it was clearly a set up. I take responsibility for falling for a setup,” she said. “I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to for years.”

Fox News Channel aired surveillance footage from the salon that showed her walking through the salon with her hair wet and with a mask around her neck rather than on her face. In the clip, a masked stylist follows her.

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