Pelosi, Schumer Ask Trump to Lower Flags on 'Sad Day...When We Reach 100,000 Deaths'

By Susan Jones | May 21, 2020 | 11:29am EDT
(Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage)
(Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage)

( - In a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked him to order flags at half-staff on all public buildings across the country "the sad day of reckoning when we reach 100,000 deaths."

As their letter was sent , the U.S. death toll was around 93,500.

Below is the text of their May 21 letter to the President:

Dear Mr. President:

This weekend, we will observe Memorial Day an occasion of great importance as we honor the men and women who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  We will always carry their memory in our hearts.  We reserve Monday to give special remembrance to them.

As we pay our respects to them, sadly, our country mourns the deaths of nearly 100,000 Americans from COVID-19.  Our hearts are broken over this great loss and our prayers are with their families.

Respectful of them and the loss to our country, we are writing to request that you order flags to be flown at half staff on all public buildings in our country on the sad day of reckoning when we reach 100,000 deaths.  It would serve as a national expression of grief so needed by everyone in our country.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter of grave concern.


NANCY PELOSI, Speaker of the House
CHARLES E. SCHUMER, Senate Democratic Leader

Of course, Schumer and Pelosi have been scathingly critical of President Trump's response to the pandemic.

In April, Pelosi said Trump's response to COVID-19 has been “almost sinful.”  In late March, Pelosi told CNN's "State of the Union" that, "yes," she is she is blaming some COVID-19 deaths on President Trump.

In May, Schumer said, "even if it (the virus) came from China, and even if it came from China only, why didn't you (Trump) do something about it?"

Earlier, in February, Schumer said the administration’s handling of the virus has been marked by “towering and dangerous incompetence,” The Hill reported at the time.

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