House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of “messing with” children’s health on Sunday and said federal guidelines on reopening schools amid the coronavirus outbreak should be mandatory.
The Democratic House of Representatives leader sharply criticized the Trump administration for advocating a return to school in the fall as coronavirus infections surge across the country, particularly in states that reopened their economies earliest during the pandemic.
The federal government can make the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for reopening schools mandatory, like some state governors have done with anti-coronavirus measures, she said. Critics of the Trump administration’s pandemic response have long called for a national strategy on mitigation efforts.
“Going back to school presents the biggest risk for the spread of the coronavirus,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “If there are CDC guidelines, they should be requirements.”