Politics Nancy Pelosi Calls Out 'the Trump Virus' as Trump Continues to Call COVID-19 the 'China Virus' The House speaker was reacting to the president's latest coronavirus briefing at the White House By Ally Mauch Published on July 22, 2020 04:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email As President Donald Trump continues to refer to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as "the China virus" — despite widespread backlash — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week flipped it around in an attack of her own. In a Tuesday interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Pelosi reacted to Trump's latest coronavirus briefing at the White House and argued that, despite his more somber tone earlier in the day, he had exacerbated the pandemic in the U.S. “If he had said months ago ‘Let's wear a mask, let's socially distance’ instead of having rallies and political-whatever-they-were, then more people would have followed his lead as the president of the United States, instead of being a bad example making it like a manhood thing not to wear a mask,” she said. “A briefing on the coronavirus should be about science and that is something the president has ignored,” Pelosi, 80, added. “So I think a good deal of what we have suffered is clearly the Trump virus.” Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News Wednesday and responded to Pelosi’s comments. Conway said the California congresswoman has “hardly been a profile in courage on this virus.” Nancy Pelosi Says There's 'No Moral Excuse' for Trump's Latest Attempt to End 'Obamacare' From left: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump. Alex Wong/Getty Images; Mark Wilson/Getty Images “She’s the one encouraging people to go out into Chinatown in San Francisco. She trips over the poor homeless population in her own San Francisco, I guess, to make these silly appearances a couple [of] times a week," Conway told host Martha MacCallum, referring to something Pelosi did in February, before the coronavirus pandemic was declared. "I think it's really disappointing to hear the speaker of the House — the highest-ranking woman in our nation’s government — call this the 'Trump virus' and not the 'China virus,' " Conway added, referencing the president's favored term for the coronavirus, which has been widely condemned as inflammatory and racist. Health experts also caution against linking illnesses to ethnicity or geography. “Ethnicity is not what causes the novel coronavirus,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a congressional hearing in February. RELATED VIDEO: Nancy Pelosi Says Trump Shouldn't Take Unproven Hydroxychloroquine Because He's 'Morbidly Obese' Trump has continued to use “the Chinese virus” to refer to the ongoing pandemic, despite widespread backlash and the reluctance of some of his own aides to use similar language. There have been multiple reported instances of violence against Asians in various countries in the wake of the spread of the coronavirus, underlining the risk of attaching a virus or disease to a particular place or people, experts say. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.