Trump threatens school funding cuts - gets dared to sit in a classroom and 'breathe the air'
President Donald Trump again insisted that all schools reopen this fall after the summer holidays. This time by using what other countries around the world have been able to achieve as an excuse. Trump fails to acknowledge any of the facts, however, such as that many of those other countries have minimal new Covid-19 cases and that the U.S. continues to set records for new cases.
In a tweet sent out Wednesday night, Trump stated that he "May cut off funding if not open!", referring to schools.
Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the President of the National Education Association (NEA), wasn't impressed. Since Garcia represents teachers, one might assume that it would be in the interests of teachers, and the union, to return to work. Garcia, speaking with CNN's New Day, said “Did you hear the word he didn’t use? ‘Safely.'” “There’s no one that wants our kids back more than teachers ... but we want to open it safely."
Garcia then went on to dare the president to sit in a classroom, and used some language that a 10 year old might understand. "I double dog dare Donald Trump to sit in a class of 39 sixth graders and breathe the air." she said.
Trump then went even further, stating in a tweet that he disagrees with CDC guidlines for opening schools, calling them "tough & expensive".
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany doubled down on President Trumps tweet during a press conference, stating that "The president will always stand up to teachers unions who want to keep these schools closed."