The president suggested schools might be among the first institutions to reopen given the lower vulnerability of youngsters to the coronavirus.
“I think you’ll see a lot of schools open up,” the President said Monday at a White House press briefing. “Young people seem to do very well.”
The president is urging states to restart their economies, and he stressed Monday that safety must be the key consideration. But he also said he expected some schools to restart even if there are only a few weeks left in the US school year.
He went on to assert that China could have stopped the coronavirus before it swept the globe and said his administration was conducting “serious investigations” into what happened.
“We’re doing very serious investigations. We are not happy with China,” Trump said. “There are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable.”
“We believe it could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”
Trump’s criticism was the latest from his administration to target China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which began late last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The pandemic has killed more than 207,000 people around the world, including more than 55,000 in the United States, according to a Reuters tally.