President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he will pressure governors to reopen schools and colleges this fall, arguing that some want to keep schools closed for political reasons against the will of families.

Trump said he is “very much gong to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.”

Trump did not immediately explain how he would pressure governors, but he repeated an earlier claim that Democrats want to keep schools closed for political reasons and not health reasons

“It’s very important for our country. It’s very important for the well-being of the student and the parents. So we’re going to be putting a lot of pressure on,” Trump said during a round table discussion.

First Lady Melania Trump also encouraged schools to reopen. “When children are out of school, they are missing more than just time in the classroom. They are missing the laughter of their friends, learning from their teachers and the joy of recess and play,” she said.

Trump and the First Lady were both not wearing masks, along with Vice President Mike Pence, at the round table meeting.

The White House event was part of an all-out effort to get the nation’s schools to reopen even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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