Pelosi slams Boris Johnson over 'concern' he could approve a substandard Covid drug that Trump may also 'embrace'10/09/2020
NANCY Pelosi slammed Boris Johnson over her "concern" that he could approve a substandard Covid drug that Trump may also "embrace."
The House Speaker was asked during a press conference on Friday whether she had any concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson's fitness to lead the United Kingdom after his battle with Covid.
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"…I don't have the faintest idea about Boris Johnson," Pelosi said, before discussing her concerns with a vaccine being approved in Britain.
She continued: "…I think we have to be very careful about what happens in the UK. We have very stringent rules in terms of the Food and Drug Administration here about the number of clinical trials, the timing, the number of people and all the rest so that, when a drug is approved by the FDA and the scientific advisory committee, that it is safe and efficacious then it will have the trust of the American people to take it.
"Vaccines are about trust, we want people to take it. So we pray that it is soon – the sooner, the better. Not one day sooner than it is safe and efficacious, but not one day later, either. And my concern is that the UK’s system for that kind of judgment is not on a par with ours in the United States.
"So if Boris Johnson decides if he’s going to approve a drug, and this president embraces that, that’s a concern that I have about any similarity between the two."
The House Speaker made the comments while unveiling her 25th amendment plan to oust Donald Trump from office.
Pelosi mentioned that due to the drugs that Trump has been on since he was diagnosed with Covid last week, "medical professionals say this could have an impact on judgment."
The comments come less than 24 hours after the Democrat questioned if the president would be thinking clearly due to the medication.
"The president is, shall we say, in an altered state right now," Pelosi said on Bloomberg TV. "I don’t know how to answer for that behavior."
However, on Friday the Speaker insisted that this is not a personal attack on the president.
"This is not about President Trump," Pelosi said. "He will face the judgment of the voters. But he shows the need for us to create a process for future presidents."
She concluded by generalizing her previous bold comments, saying: "Any of us who is under medication of that seriousness is in an altered state."
In an extraordinary move, Pelosi on Thursday said she would push for a commission to be set up to allow Congress to sack Trump via the 25th amendment – which allows for the removal of a sitting president if he's deemed unfit for office.
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