"I see where Harvard announced that they're closing for the season, or for the year. I think it's ridiculous, I think it's an easy way out," Trump said.
Colleges and universities have been forced to adjust reopening plans, including altering their calendars and holding some courses online.
Harvard University said on Monday all of its courses would be online for the upcoming academic year.
DONALD TRUMP: We want to get our country going again. Economically, we're doing well. We want to do well with the education. I see where Harvard announced that they're closing for the season or for the year. I think it's ridiculous. I think it's an easy way out. And I think they ought to be ashamed of themselves, you want to know the truth.
But I noticed that today, and probably others are doing that. That's called the easy way out. I don't know if people are helping them-- I guess their endowment's plenty big. They don't have a problem with that. But that's not what we want to do, because it's very important-- as so many of the parents and instructors said today, it's so important that the children at this age especially, that they're together-- they're together on campus. And that's what we're striving for. And we're going to be very strong on that. We're going to be very, very powerful in that view. We want our schools open in the fall.