Speaker Pelosi made the comments in reaction to a Saturday tweet from President Trump. "Over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!," the president tweeted.
Pelosi said - on the sidelines of a rare Saturday House vote - that President Trump's attempt to interfere with the FDA was 'very scary.' The FDA's decision on approving any drugs should be based on safety and efficacy, she went on to say, not on pressure from the White House.
NANCY PELOSI: I want to bring up another subject that the president brought up this morning, which is very scary. And everybody should take note of it. The Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, has a responsibility to approve drugs, what they're judging on their safety and their efficacy, not by a declaration from the White House about speed and politicizing the FDA.
This was a very dangerous statement on the part of the president. Even for him, it went beyond the pale, in terms of how he would jeopardize the health and well-being of the American people and accuse the FDA of politics, when he is the one who has tried to inject himself in the scientific decisions of the Food and Drug Administration.