Nancy Pelosi appeared to lose patience with CNN’s Blitzer as he grilled her on why she wouldn’t accept at least some of the money — as some House Democrats have argued — and asked if the reason is that the president has demanded his name on stimulus checks that would be distributed to many Americans.
“With all due respect, you really don’t know what you’re talking about,” Pelosi told Blitzer, acknowledging that her Democratic chairs — who also came out against the GOP offer — stood behind her decision. “So do a service to the issue and have some level of respect for the people who have worked on these issues, written the bill to begin with.”
At one point, Blitzer asked Pelosi why she wouldn’t call up Trump to seek out a better compromise.
“I don’t speak to the president,” Pelosi said.
“Why not call him? And say let’s work out a deal. There are so many Americans in desperate need. Let’s make a deal,” Blitzer responded.
“What makes me amused if it weren’t so sad is how you all think that you know more about the suffering of the American people than those of us who are elected by them to represent them at that table,” Pelosi said.
CNN’S @wolfblitzer presses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on President Trump’s $1.8 trillion stimulus proposal and why she doesn’t agree with it. “They do not share our values,” Pelosi says. pic.twitter.com/AVHKZH21NA
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) October 13, 2020