Hillary Clinton lashed out at Donald Trump on Twitter Tuesday morning, suggesting the president’s latest push to reopen schools is forcing teachers to choose between their health and going back to work.
‘Teachers shouldn’t be forced to choose between their lives and their jobs,’ the former secretary of state tweeted.
Trump’s administration has initiated a huge push for schools to reopen in the fall previewing new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
Clinton’s comments and the president’s push comes as the U.S. continues to experience a spike in coronavirus cases following more than a month of nationwide massive protests and relaxing on lockdowns.
Some areas in states like Florida, California and Texas have even started reimplementing certain orders like limiting or ending eat-in dining or shutting down gyms and other indoor locations.
As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 3.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first known case in the U.S. in March and nearly 136,000 deaths. The U.S. by far has the highest number of infections, as many other countries prepare to start up schools as they have seen such large declines.
Hillary Clinton lashed out at President Donald Trump on Twitter Tuesday morning, claiming he is making teachers choose between their lives and their work
Donald Trump and his administration are pushing for schools to reopen in the fall, claiming it is completely safe for students and teachers to return to the classroom
CDC Director Robert Redfield (left) and Vice President Mike Pence (right) announced the CDC would issue five new documents with guidelines on reopening schools. Redfield asserted that the guidelines should not be used as a rationale for school’s to remain closed
Vice President Mike Pence and CDC Director Robert Redfield announced during a press conference at the Education Department Wednesday that there will be five new documents helping guide teachers, students and schools through getting students back into the classroom.
The announcement came hours after the president said he did not ‘agree’ with the CDC’s initial guidelines, which were issued months ago, on reopening and making schools safe.
‘I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools,’ Trump tweeted last Wednesday morning – ahead of the press conference.
‘While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things,’ he continued. ‘I will be meeting with them!!!’
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos claimed Sunday that students should return to in-person classes in the fall, and would not say if she feels they should follow the new CDC guidelines.
‘There’s nothing in the data that suggests that kids being in school is in any way dangerous,’ DeVos told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, likely a nod to the fact that the virus disproportionately targets the elderly. ‘We know that children contract and have the virus at far lower incidence than any other part of the population.’
She also referenced that other countries have reopened school ‘successfully and safely.’
When asked during a separate interview with CNN’s Dana Bash whether schools should follow the new CDC guidelines, DeVos was less committed in her response.
‘Dr. Redfield has clearly said, these are recommendations and every situation is going to look slightly different,’ she said of comments from the CDC director. ‘And the key for education leaders, and these are smart people who can figure things out.’
Schools shuttered their doors in March as coronavirus surged across the country, and while other countries have began reopening their schools, many in the U.S. have already claimed they will no reopen in the fall
During the press conference at the DOE on Wednesday, Refield said the new guidelines should not be used by school administrators as an excuse for not reopening altogether.
‘Its purpose is to facilitate the reopening and the keeping open of the schools in this country,’ Redfield said at the podium, while flanked by Pence, DeVos and a few members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. ‘It is critical that we get these schools open.’
Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 election, is joining a slew of other Democrats who are pushing back against the president’s desire to reopen schools.
Trump, however, believes it is another attempt by the opposition to hurt his chances in November against presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Trump retweeted a post from former talk show host Chuck Woolery on Tuesday morning: ‘There is so much evidence, yes scientific evidence, that schools should open this fall. It’s worldwide and it’s overwhelming. BUT NO.’