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Pelosi repeats debunked claim that Trump called coronavirus a 'hoax'

"I’m not talking about what’s happening here," Trump said about the coronavirus in February. "I’m talking what they’re [Democrats] doing. That’s the hoax."

Updated: October 30, 2020 - 6:32pm

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday claimed that President Trump called the coronavirus a "hoax," which has been labeled misleading by news outlets like the Associated Press.

"It's sinful that we have not addressed protecting the lives of the American people on the path that this president has taken, starting with calling it a hoax, saying it will magically disappear, the list goes on," she said during a news conference.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden launched a similar attack on Trump in a September campaign ad, which CNN and Politfact said distorted Trump's words about COVID-19.

Addressing the Democrats' impeachment effort on Feb. 28, Trump said Democrats "tried the impeachment hoax; that was not a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over. They’d been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost. It’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax."

Trump later clarified his statement, emphasizing that he was referring to the Democrats' attacks on the Trump administration over the coronavirus.

"No. 'Hoax' referring to the action that they take to try and pin this on somebody, because we’ve done such a good job. The hoax is on them, not – I’m not talking about what’s happening here. I’m talking what they’re doing. That’s the hoax," Trump said on Feb. 29. "Certainly not referring to this. How could anybody refer to this? This is very serious stuff."

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