The President of the United States, Donald Trump, deepened his differences with medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Wednesday about the speed with which the relaxation of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus must be implemented, affirming that he is “totally” in disagreement with maintaining the schools closed.
Students should return to schools and universities in September. This statement emerges as a tipping point in the widening gap between the White House and medical experts.
Trump deemed Fauci’s latest call to undertake a very cautious reopening “unacceptable”.
“We are opening our country, people want it to be opened, schools are going to be open,” Trump said in a dialogue with reporters at the White House.
Fauci, an infectious disease expert and a key adviser to Trump during the pandemic, told Congress on Tuesday that ending confinement too quickly can have “really serious” consequences.
“There is a real risk of an outbreak that can not be controlled, ” he warned.
Fauci’s speech runs counter to Trump’s attempts to leave the health emergency behind and focus on reviving the economy of the world’s leading power, a vision that is gaining momentum as companies struggle to remain solvent and millions of Americans register to receive unemployment benefit.