ADAM SCHIFF: 100,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, 100,000 families are grieving,100,000 communities in mourning

Pelosi blasts Trump's insistence that Republican convention occur

100,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. 100,000 families are grieving. 100,000 communities in mourning. The fight against this virus, led by heroic health workers, is far from over. But today, let us pause to honor all those we lost, Democrat lawmaker ADAM SCHIFF said on Wednesday.

The United States surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths as of Wednesday afternoon, according to NBC News' count, becoming the first country to reach the grim milestone.

The U.S. leads the world in both deaths and confirmed cases, with 1.69 million infections. 

Among the infected are more than 62,000 doctors, nurses and other health care providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. At least 291 have died.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday slammed President Donald Trump's insistence that the Republican National Convention occur as planned despite the pandemic, and suggested neither party had any business holding its massive quadrennial gathering given the risks to public health.

"I don't think there's anyone who would say at this point that tens of thousands of people should come together for a political convention, no matter how great an ego trip it is for somebody,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said during a press conference with other Democratic House leaders in response to a question about whether the two major political conventions should be held this summer.

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