During an interview on Sunday, CNN anchor Take Tapper confronted Speaker Nancy Pelosi on refusing to make a deal with the White House on COVID-19 relief package.
Tapper accurately stated that the Trump White House has “moved closer” to Pelosi’s deal on “a lot of issues” but Pelosi refused to accept it.
“And also same thing, they keep moving the goalposts,” Pelosi claimed. “They, every time they say we move the goalposts, that means they’re projecting what they did.”
“I get that you’re waiting for it on paper. But it just seems like, you’re winning. I mean, that’s what it seems like to me,” Tapper stated. “I’m looking at all the things that the White House is moving forward to your position on. And it seems like you could take yes for an answer.”
Tapper then said that poverty levels are on the rise because of the pandemic and that some Democratic governors have pressured Pelosi into making a deal with President Trump.
“In addition, one of your own members, Congressman Max Rose, said this week that the Democratic Party needs to learn, to a certain extent, how to declare victory and go home,” Tapper said. “You’re getting a lot of messages from Democrats saying: This is good enough. We need to say yes.”
Pelosi shot back by saying, “that is not a lot of messages.”
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Read the transcript below:
JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST: So, we know that the White House has moved closer to your position on lots of issues, coronavirus testing, contact tracing strategy, unemployment benefits, local government — local government…
NANCY PELOSI, HOUSE SPEAKER: No, no. Excuse me. They haven’t yet.
TAPPER: They haven’t?
PELOSI: That’s what we’re waiting for.
We’re waiting for the final yes.
TAPPER: Well, they — so, they said they would.
PELOSI: But they haven’t yet.
TAPPER: And you’re waiting to see it on paper.
PELOSI: They haven’t yet.
And also same thing, they keep moving the goalposts. They — every time they say we move the goalposts, that means they’re projecting what they did.
But let’s just — let’s be hopeful. We’re nine days before an election.
PELOSI: We’re trying to unify the country.
And one way to do it is to come together to crush the virus, so that we can open our economy, open our schools, feed our people, 17 million children food-insecure in our country.
TAPPER: Right. I…
PELOSI: But, again, the answer is, crush the virus.
TAPPER: So, I get that.
But it just seems like they keep moving closer and closer.
PELOSI: They don’t.
TAPPER: I get that you’re waiting for it on paper. But it just seems like, you’re winning. I mean, that’s what it seems like to me.
I’m looking at all the things that the White House is moving forward to your position on. And it seems like you could take yes for an answer.
PELOSI: Well, as soon as they say, this is it.
We — in our negotiations, yes, that is the case. But then they take it back. And when they come back, it isn’t always — it isn’t what we anticipated.