UPDATED 7:39 AM PT —Friday, July 10, 2020
The Trump administration recently doubled down on their argument that all students should return to school in the fall. During a briefing Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the data backs the president’s decision.
President Trump has continued to fight for equal opportunity in schools by boldly and firmly underscoring the absolute necessity of America’s schools to reopen this fall.
McEnany noted that nearly 70,000 pediatricians from the American Academy of Pediatrics have insisted that schools reopen. Additionally, she pointed out the number of child abuse cases that go unnoticed when children are forced to learn at home.
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— American Academy of Pediatrics, CA Chapter 2 (@AAPCA2) July 8, 2020
“In Massachusetts alone reports of alleged child abuse dropped almost 55% because when kids are not in school, a lot of times we don’t catch that abuse,” she explained. “The costs are too high to keep schools shut down, they can safely reopen.”
President Trump recently warned federal funding may be withheld from schools that refuse to reopen. He reiterated the need to reopen schools in a tweet Wednesday morning.
In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020
McEnany also told the press a majority of the hospitals reaching capacity are due to elective surgeries and not a surge in coronavirus cases.
“I spoke with Dr. Birx this morning, about 10 to 4 percent in the hospitals reaching high capacity are COVID,” she stated. “So, a lot of hospitalizations aren’t pertaining to COVID.”
The CDC said they will not revisit their reopening guidelines, but may provide supplementary information in the future.
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