"The president has said unmistakably that he wants schools to open...The science should not stand in the way of this," McEnany said. "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."
Trump has argued that the mortality rate from the coronavirus has declined in the United States, and that parents are under tremendous strain from managing their children and work at the same time.
Trump said school districts must offer a full schedule of classes, and he threatened to cut funding from schools that do not follow through.
Only one in four Americans think it is safe for public schools to reopen this fall as U.S. coronavirus cases climb, and four in 10 parents said they would likely keep their children home if classes resume, a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows.
- Well, we talked about earlier the school districts, but we're seeing more school districts, at least in Virginia, for example, last night, deciding to go online only. What does the president say to parents out there, who are now going, OK, what do I do with my kids?
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: Yeah, the president has said unmistakably that he wants schools to open, and I was just in the oval talking 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 pure nations are doing it. We are the outlier here. The science is very clear on this. 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. And we encourage for localities and states to just simply follow the science, open our schools. It's very damaging to our children. There is 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.