Pelosi Calls Trump-Brokered Middle East Peace Deals ‘A Distraction’
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Pelosi Calls Trump-Brokered Middle East Peace Deals ‘A Distraction’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer dismissed the historic peace agreements being reached in the Middle East, calling the progress a “distraction” from dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

During an appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room” on Friday, Blitzer brought up the “dramatic announcement” made earlier from President Trump on “normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and an Arab state, Bahrain” and asked Pelosi “How much credit do you give the president for these peace agreements?”

“Well, hopefully, they won’t— hopefully they will beneficial to the region,” Pelosi responded, refusing to answer if Trump deserves credit and slamming the Trump administration for not yet securing a peace agreement between Israeli and the Palestinians.

“We’ve been waiting for a very long time for the president’s proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement that honored the two-state solution. It was coming in two weeks, it was coming in two months, it was coming in six months. It still hasn’t come in any way that has brought peace.”

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“So, good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increases,” Pelosi added, before rambling about House Democrats attempts to pass a new coronavirus stimulus relief package.

Earlier, President Trump announced that he has brokered a deal to establish full diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel, making it the second such agreement between Israel and an Arab nation in less than a month.

“In the spirit of peace and cooperation, both leaders also agreed that Bahrain will fully normalize its diplomatic relations with Israel,” Trump said in remarks announcing the breaking news. “They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, begin direct flights between their countries, and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors, including health, business, technology, education, security, and agriculture. This is a truly historic day.”

Bahrain would be the fourth Arab nation to recognize Israel and the Bahraini foreign minister will join Netanyahu and representatives of the UAE at the White House on Tuesday to sign a declaration of peace.

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