President Trump said it would be a “terrible decision” if schools don’t open on time in the fall, ignoring possible concerns from those who view it as unsafe.
When asked what he would tell parents and teachers who don’t think it’s safe to return to school, Trump said he would tell those people to find new decision makers.
“I would tell parents and teachers that you should find yourself a new person, whoever’s in charge of that decision cause it’s a terrible decision.” Trump said in an interview with CBS News. “Because children and parents are dying from that trauma too. They’re dying because they can’t do what they’re doing.”
He did not say what he meant when he said people are “dying from that trauma too.”
Trump again claimed that people are playing politics with schools reopening in the fall. He touted the economic recovery from coronavirus, what he called a V-shaped recovery, and said Democrats don’t want that to happen.
“I also say a decision like that is politics. Because we’re starting to do very well in the polls because I’m for law and order. I’m for strong business. Our jobs are coming back at a record level, we’ve never seen anything like this. We’re heading up, it’s turning out to be the V. I built it once before, the strongest economy ever, I’m doing it again. And they don’t want that to happen,” Trump said. “They is the Democrats,” he added.
Trump continues to push for schools to reopen in the fall, despite a record number of new coronavirus cases across the country.
In a call with governors on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated the administration’s desire that states move to open their schools in time for the fall semester, but made it clear that those decisions will ultimately be made at the local level.
The suggestion that schools are currently on track to open safely has been dismissed as fantasy by top teachers unions and medical organizations.
Many of those groups and others have called for a more comprehensive reopening plan, a say in crafting it, and the funding necessary to retrofit American schools and adapt curriculum.
CNN's Gregory Krieg contributed to this report.