House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended her strategy on economic relief legislation in a fiery television interview Tuesday evening, repeatedly punching back at CNN host Wolf Blitzer as he questioned why she wouldn’t take a $1.8 trillion deal offered by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

“There are Americans who are being evicted from their homes, they can’t pay the rent. Many Americans are waiting in food lines for the first time in their lives,” Blitzer said as he opened the interview. “Can you look them in the eye, Madame Speaker, and explain why you don’t want to accept the president’s latest stimulus offer?”

“I hope you’ll ask the same question of Republicans about why they don’t really want to meet the needs of the American people,” Pelosi replied.

Blitzer interrupted Pelosi to argue that people need the money right now.

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