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Robert Namer
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July 09, 2020

     Good leadership.  President Trump on Tuesday said that his administration would be “putting a lot of pressure” on US governors to reopen public schools in the fall. “We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open. It’s very important,” Trump said at a White House event featuring health experts, educators and politicians on school reopenings. “So we are going to be putting a lot of pressure on [governors] to open your schools in the fall,” he continued. “Everybody wants it. The moms want it. The dads want it. The kids want it. It’s time to do it.”

     The president also touted his administration’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic — and pointed to Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, who announced earlier in the day that schools would reopen there in the fall despite a big recent spike in cases. “[Vice President] Mike [Pence] was telling me Gov. DeSantis did a terrific [job], just announced schools will be open in the fall and we hope that most schools are going to be open,” Trump said.

     First lady Melania Trump focused on children and their educational and emotional needs in her brief remarks. "The administration has worked around the clock to protect Americans from the coronavirus, but many challenges for children and families can be just as invisible as the virus, and just as dangerous when children are out of school,” she said. “They are missing more than just time in the classroom, they are missing the laughter of the friends, learning from those teachers and the joy of recess and play,” the first lady continued before stressing the importance of safe reopenings.

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