MPs examine White House pressure on schools reopening coronovirus


US President Donald Trump spoke on Coronovirus Disease (COVID-19) task force news during a briefing in Washington, US, July 28, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Baria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday asked the US Secretary of Education and the head of a top government health agency for their correspondence with the White House whether political pressure affects new federal recommendations on whether schools will be in decline again Should open.

Republican President Donald Trump’s comments and members of his administration clarified that reopening the schools was a priority and that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) messages were intercepted to the public, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Andy Levine said in a letter.

“The challenging decision to reopen schools safely and safely for in-person instruction should be based on the best public health information and guidance available in relation to politics,” he wrote.

Trump, who is running for re-election in November, has simplified his desire to see schools again in the fall so that parents can return to work and the US economy to bounce back after its closure due to the coronovirus epidemic Help.

After Trump this month criticized the CDC guidelines for when and how school districts should be too difficult, impractical and expensive, Vice President Mike Pence promised new guidelines. Last week, CDC Director Robert Redfield issued a statement strongly endorsing the schools that reopened in the fall.

The CDC also released new documents and procedures to meet the original guidelines, which are intended to “facilitate” administrators and parents in reopening schools. The basic guidelines stand, Redfield said, but the new documents provide more details and options for schools.

School decisions in the United States are made locally and are federal health guideline recommendations, not requirements.

Repeated attempts by Trump and his administration to “incorporate politics into public health decision-making have led to confusion, undermined trust, and unnecessarily polarized this important issue,” Warren and Levine have written.

Reporting by Donna Chiaku in Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis

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