Trump Pledges To 'Pressure' Governors To Reopen Schools Despite Health Concerns
Jul 09 2020
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump outlined his administration's plan to reopen schools at a White House event. Trump said during the Tuesday summit that he didn't want governors to use politics as a deciding factor in reopening schools - but made it clear he will pressure state officials to reopen.
"We're very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools", Trump said during a roundtable discussion at the White House Tuesday afternoon. And as the rate of coronavirus cases has soared to record levels in the past week, parents and educators have become increasingly anxious about whether there is any way to make in-person school safe for both students and teachers.
"We need to reopen the schools". "Everybody wants it. The moms want it, the dads want it, the kids want it".
But that bright outlook was met with skepticism by some beyond the White House. "We need to commit to it and we need just to get it done", Redfield said.
However, Trump - and medical experts - said via Twitter on Tuesday that the novel coronavirus death rate in the United States has plunged tenfold since its peak during the pandemic and the country now has the lowest mortality rate in the world. "Wrong, the people get it!"
Trump has been adamant that schools be reopened quickly, which is consistent with his administration's aggressive push to restart the economy.
The US is now testing some 600,000 people a day, according to the COVID Tracking Project, but even this is deemed insufficient by health experts because of the very high rate of positive cases being found.
Business and conservative groups have groups have urged safe school reopenings as important for getting their parents back to work and reviving the USA economy. I think that in two, three, four weeks, we will be in an excellent position, "he added".
Whether schools and colleges should open this fall and how has been a topic of growing debate as the coronavirus continues to surge in parts of the United States.
Later, Trump sharply criticized Harvard University for announcing plans to only partially reopen in the fall, conducting many classes online, calling that "an easy way out". "And I think that's really the intent here", a senior official said.
The Trump administration on Monday said foreign students must leave the country if their schools move to fully online classes, which could choke off revenue for those schools.
Cornell University, on the other hand, said it plans to welcome students back to its Ithaca campus.
Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the CDC. said schools can operate safely by taking basic safety precautions. Since every school is unique, each will require a different approach to safely welcome students back to the classroom.
"The reality is no one should listen to Donald Trump or Betsy DeVos when it comes to what is best for students".
"It's clear that our nations schools must fully reopen and fully operate this school year".
"Many of these workers have stayed on the job, putting themselves in harm's way to deliver meals to students and families, drop off work packets to students, and keep our schools sanitized and safe", she said.