White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday that Donald Trump actually wants to “increase” school spending hours after the president threatened to cut federal funding if schools do not reopen in the fall.
“He wants to increase funding and CARES for education,” McEnany asserted during a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “But he’s looking at potentially redirecting to make sure it goes toward the student and is most likely tied to the student and not to a district where schools are closed.”
“I would note that he said this is something he may consider in the tweet,” she added.
Trump falsely claimed Wednesday morning that Democrats are pushing to keep schools closed because they are concerned that reopening would be a bad political move for presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead of the November presidential election.
He added that countries that have begun reopening their schools are having “no problems” – failing to mention that their rates of cases and mortality from coronavirus are much lower than in the U.S.
“In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS,” Trump tweeted.
As noted by The Lincoln Project, all four countries saw less than 300 cases reported on Tuesday as the United States set a new daily record.
Yesterday’s new coronavirus cases:
🇺🇸 55,442 https://t.co/txJrYwnRIr
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 8, 2020
“The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families,’ he wrote, adding: ‘May cut off funding if not open!”
Asked about Pres. Trump’s threat to “cut off” funding from schools that don’t reopen and what authority he has, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says he wants funding to go to the student and “not to a district where schools are closed.” https://t.co/0sRVNftbQR pic.twitter.com/ttM0MWW1dk
— ABC News (@ABC) July 8, 2020