House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday ardently defended her decision to hold out on coronavirus negotiations and not accept the White House’s $1.8 trillion offer.
In a heated exchange with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Mrs. Pelosi pushed back on some dissent from members within her own party, saying they don’t understand how the negotiations are going.
The CNN host cited arguments from Rep. Ro Khanna, California Democrat, and Andrew Yang, a former candidate for the Democratic presidential primary, that called for the speaker to agree to $1.8 trillion and put pressure on Senate Republicans.
“I don’t know why you’re always an apologist — and many of your colleagues —an apologist for the Republican position. Ro Khanna — that’s nice. That isn’t what we’re going to do and nobody’s waiting until February,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said on CNN. “I will not let the wrong be the enemy of the right.”
“They [Republicans] do not share our values. Have a little