Flags Will Fly at Half-Mast Over Memorial Day Weekend in 'National Grief' for Coronavirus Victims

The Trump administration's coronavirus response has been heavily scrutinized.

While he has repeatedly touted his decisions to partially restrict travel from China and Europe as life-saving and said the government's work to increase the ventilator supply did not receive enough attention, detractors have pointed to early issues rolling out nationwide testing and the president's own tone about the virus, which he previously downplayed compared to the seasonal flu. He sometime public differs with his health officials over strategy as well.

Pelosi, who commended the president's decision to lower flags as Democrats had requested, has been a sharp critic of his coronavirus choices.

"What did he know and when did he know it? That's for an after-action review. But as the president fiddles, people are dying," Pelosi, 80, told CNN in late March, in the weeks after the administration's strategy changed course as they promoted national social distancing and other preventative measures.

"It's a vicious, vicious virus," Trump, who has attacked Democrats as "Do Nothings," told ABC News earlier this month when asked what he would say to victims' families.

"But I want to just say to the people that have lost family and have lost loved ones, and the people that have just suffered so badly, and just made it — and just made it — that we love you," Trump said then.

Researchers at Columbia University said this week that approximately 36,000 fewer people in the U.S. would have died from the virus had widespread stay-at-home orders had gone into place on March 8, about a week earlier than they started to.

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