Trump pushes school reopenings, threatens to cut funding

President Donald Trump blasted the CDC’s guidelines on reopening schools and threatened to “cut off funding” to schools that don’t open this fall.
2:37 | 07/09/20

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Matt talking about not stopping the president from pushing to re-open Toole schools in the fall even threatening to cut off funding to schools that don't fully re-open. Stephanie Ramos has much more on that. Stephanie, the president and these recommendations and push for them to re-open is going against the advice of federal health experts. Reporter: That's exactly right, T.J. The president also disagreeing publicly with Dr. Anthony Fauci saying the country is in a good place right now even though Dr. Fauci has said that the status of the covid-19 pandemic is not good. Dr. Fauci also pointing to the CDC guideline when it comes to re-opening schools as president trump criticizes it. President trump ramping up the pressure for schools across the country to open up in the fall. We want the schools to be open and going and in the fall and most of them I think are looking at it that way. Reporter: Here's the CDC guidance for re-opening schools. Classroom layouts should be modify to allow six feet of space between desks. He criticized the CDC calling its guidance very tough, expensive and impractical and vice president Mike pence announcing the CDC will revise its guidance next week in response to the president. The president said today we just don't want the guidance to be too tough and that's the reason why next week the CDC is going to be issuing a new set of tools. Reporter: Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing New York's plans for the school year will be finalized the first week of August. School re-openings are a state decision, period. That is the law and that is the way we're going to proceed. It's not up to the president of the United States. Reporter: In Florida, where schools have been ordered to re-open in August, despite rocketing cases one teacher's union says while teachers want to return, they don't believe it's safe. We don't believe you can put a political or economic agenda before the safety and health of students, teachers or the families that they're going to be going home to at the end of the day. Reporter: The country's largest public school system is right here in New York City. The mayor unveiling his plan to re-open schools which includes a mix of online learning and two to three days in the classroom but leaving it up to parents but, George, states and schools have a big decision to make. They certainly do. Thanks very much.

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