Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s new push to open schools shows he’s learned nothing from calamities sparked by his demands for premature state openings.
The coronavirus pandemic is again rearing out of control, rising in a majority of states as a new warning comes that more than 200,000 Americans could be dead by Election Day.
But Trump barreled forward anyway, failing to offer detailed proposals for how schools could open safely next month even as he admitted he planned to crank up pressure on governors to do what he wants.
He also delivered a fresh rebuke to his government’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who had dismissed the President’s discredited claims that the US has the world’s lowest mortality rate.
And Trump conjured another wishful prediction: that the worsening battle against the virus, which has already killed 130,000 Americans and infected 3 million, would be far less serious within weeks. This all came a few days after another discredited claim, that 99% of cases of the virus are harmless.
“We’ve done a good job. I think we are going to be in two, three, four weeks … I think we’re going to be in very good shape,” Trump told Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday, referring to raging outbreaks in parts of the country as mere “fires” that would be put out after earlier insisting at the White House that “we are not closing
Fresh evidence of Trump’s negligence came on the same day that a new University of Washington model forecast that 208,255 people may die from the virus in the US by November 1. But experts at the university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation also said that if 95% of the population wore masks in public — a step Trump has often maligned — that number would dip to 162.