White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany again pushed the Trump administration position that all schools should reopen in the fall, despite a surge in coronavirus cases nationwide, insisting "science should not stand in the way of this." (July 16)
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: We really would like to see schools open. As has been clear, we don't think our children should be locked up at home with devastating consequences when it's perfectly safe for them to go to school, as emphasized by many medical experts. So the president is very keen on seeing schools reopen. It's the only thing that's fair to America's children.
Yeah, the president has said unmistakably that he wants schools to open, and I was just in the Oval talking to him about that. And when he says open, he means open and full, kids being able to attend each and every day at their school. The science should not stand in the way of this.
And as Dr. Scott Atlas said-- I thought this was a good quote-- "Of course we can do it. Everyone else in the Western world, our peer nations, are doing it. We are the outlier here."
The science is very clear on this that, you know, for instance, you look at the "JAMA" pediatric study of 46 pediatric hospitals in North America that said the risk of critical illness from COVID is far less for children than that of seasonal flu. The science is on our side here.
We encourage for localities and states to just simply follow the science, open our schools. It's very damaging to our children. There's a lack of reporting of abuse. There's mental depressions that are not addressed, suicidal ideations that are not addressed when students are not in school. Our schools are extremely important. They're essential, and they must reopen.