Donald Trump satirizes Harvard for not fully reopening in the fall because he threatens to ‘pressure’ governors to reopen schools during the White House event with Melania
- President Trump lashed out at Harvard University for the school’s decision to hold classes online next year
- ‘I think it’s ridiculous. I think it is an easy way out. And I think they should be ashamed, ”said the President
- Speaking at an event on the reopening of schools in the White House on Tuesday, Trump said he would “pressure” governors to have schools open again in the fall
President Trump lashed out at Harvard on Tuesday for Ivy League University’s decision to hold online classes next year.
“I see Harvard announced they are closing for the season, for the year,” the president said during his closing remarks at an event aimed at reopening American schools. ‘I think it’s ridiculous. I think it is an easy way out. And I think they should be ashamed. ‘
The president has made every effort to open schools, despite the increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States.
President Trump lashed out at Harvard University on Tuesday for the school’s decision to go online for a year. The president said at an event reopening schools that he would “pressure governors” to open schools
President Trump (left) was joined by first lady Melania Trump (right) at a White House event aimed at reopening schools attended by educators, students, and public health officials
At one point during the discussion, President Trump (right) leaned forward and asked Vice President Mike Pence (left) how many Americans had died. Pence whispered “130,000” to the president, who then said, “So we’re at 130. We could have more than a million now”
“We want to reopen the schools. Everyone wants it. The mothers want it, the fathers want it, the children don’t want it. It’s time to do it, “said Trump. “We are going to pressure governors and everyone to open the schools,” he said.
As President, Trump has little power to actually open schools – made decisions at national and local level.
The president was joined by first lady Melania Trump, who briefly opened the event on ‘Be Best’.
“Children’s mental health and social development should be as important as physical health,” the first lady said. The same goes for parents. Many will be forced to make stressful choices between caring for their children and returning to work. ‘
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, who is a teacher, also joined the group.
Invited teachers, students and public health officials – including members of the Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, who sat at the rectangular table with the speakers, and director of Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Robert Redfield, who was part of the small audience in the East Room where the event takes place.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, were also present.
Masks were distributed among group members.
Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, was one of the participants who entered the room without a mask. She had previously tweeted, “No politician can” force “you to wear a mask. Pass it on.’
Trump indicated that his No. 1 priority was to proceed with the reopening, despite an increase in the number of cases.
“I just want to say ‘come open’ in the fall,” Trump insisted.
The president downplayed the rising COVID-19 numbers by again pointing to the death rate.
“Again, the death rate is the lowest of anywhere in the world,” Trump said.
At one point, he asked Pence, who heads the coronavirus task force, how many Americans had died.
Pence whispered to the President “130,000.”
“So we’re at 130. We could be over a million now,” said the president.
Trump was firm and said the US would not reverse the reopening to address the new outbreaks.
“We’re not closing. We will never close, “he swore. “You have certain areas that will have a hard time and they will do what they have to do and that will be largely up to the governors,” he said.