Trump Vows To ‘Put Pressure’ On Governors To Reopen Schools

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President Trump on Tuesday said his administration is “going to put pressure” on governors to reopen schools in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open,” Trump said at a White House event “Safely Reopening America’s Schools” Tuesday afternoon. “We don’t want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons. They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed.”

The White House roundtable events were attended by First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, various members of Trump administration, health, and education stakeholders from the state level, including higher education and K-12 administrators, teachers, students, and parents as they made the case, both academically and mental health as reasons for in-person instruction this fall.