“He wants to play all sides of the equation,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office before saying the country’s floundering economy would bounce back at the end of the year.
Asked to clarify his comments, the president countered Fauci, a member of his coronavirus task force, after the physician sounded the alarm about opening schools, with children now dying from a mysterious COVID-19-related illness. “I was surprised by his answer,” Trump said. “To me it’s not an acceptable answer especially when it comes to schools.” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Tuesday warned lawmakers that the idea of having a vaccine or treatment ready when students return to school in the fall was “a bridge too far.”
As he pushes to reopen the economy as soon as possible, Trump told reporters on Wednesday that schools needed to be part of that equation. “It’s had very little impact on young people, and I would strongly say they should open,” the president said. “It’s up to the governors, it’s the governors’ choice, but their state is not open if the schools aren’t open,” he added.