Pelosi slams Trump ‘deep state’ tweet on coronavirus vaccines – US politics live

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New York congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, the chair of the House oversight committee, has released new internal Postal Service documents warning postmaster general Louis DeJoy about a drop in service standards as a result of his drastic operational and organizational changes.

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House speaker Nancy Pelosi described Donald Trump’s tweet accusing “the deep state, or whoever, over at” the Food and Drug Administration of deliberately slowing coronavirus vaccine and therapy development as “scary” and “beyond the pale” even for the US president.

“The FDA has a responsibility to approve drugs, judging on their safety and their efficacy, not by a declaration from the White House about speed and politicizing the FDA,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill.

.@SpeakerPelosi described Trump’s comments as “scary” after he suggested, without evidence, that employees at the @US_FDA are attempting to sabotage his re-election campaign by slowing down research on #coronavirus treatments pic.twitter.com/NjCl3IjHnk

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