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Report: Pelosi's visit to hair salon went against coronavirus rules

The House speaker — who has often criticized her Republican colleagues for ignoring coronavirus protocols — was caught on camera at a salon.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a news conference at the Capitol on Aug. 22.Al Drago / Bloomberg via Getty Images file

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who has repeatedly chided her Republican colleagues and President Donald Trump for failing to follow coronavirus safety protocols — got her hair done inside a shuttered San Francisco salon Monday in violation of the city's COVID-19 rules, Fox News reported Tuesday.

Security camera video obtained by the network showed Pelosi, D-Calif., in San Francisco's eSalon with wet hair and no mask.

Hair salons in San Francisco were closed until Tuesday, when they were allowed to reopen for outdoor services. Clients are required to wear masks.

Salon owner Erica Kious told Fox News that Pelosi's assistant set up the appointment with an independent stylist who rents chairs in her salon.

"It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can't work," Kious told the network.

A spokesman for Pelosi said she had thought she was following the rules.

"The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements. This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business. The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment," spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement.

Republicans pounced on the report, painting Pelosi as a hypocrite.

Trump tweeted out the Fox News report to his 85.6 million followers.

And on Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that the House speaker was "being decimated" for visiting the salon.

In a statement, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Michael McAdams said, "Nancy Pelosi is all too happy to blow off suffering Americans to get a $85 blow-out."