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Donald Trump defends his handling of coronavirus and demands schools reopen as poll numbers slide

Donald Trump touted his handling of the coronavirus Monday morning and demanded that schools reopen in the fall, even though that majority of American parents do not want their children going back to in-person classes.

‘Cases up because of BIG Testing! Much of our Country is doing very well. Open the Schools!’ Trump urged in a series of tweets.

The president has been pushing for schools to reopen, even amid a surge in confirmed cases over the last month.

‘With the exception of New York & a few other locations, we’ve done MUCH better than most other Countries in dealing with the China Virus,’ the president boasted in a tweet, adding, ‘Many of these countries are now having a major second wave.’

‘The Fake News is working overtime to make the USA (& me) look as bad as possible!’ he lamented.

In another tweet he said: ‘FAKE NEWS IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!’

Case rates have surged over the summer in many sunbelt states, including Florida, Texas, Arizona and Southern California – leading to several regions reinstating lockdown orders. 

Trump, however, says it is safe for students to return to the classroom in the fall.

In a new Gallup poll taken July 13-27, only 36 per cent of parents said they want their children to return to full-time in-person learning when classes resume.

President Donald Trump demanded that schools reopen in the fall, claiming that the only reason coronavirus cases are surging is because of the incredible U.S. testing capabilities

New polling, however, shows that 64 per cent of parents do not want their children returning to full-time in-person learning in the fall ¿ with the parents either preferring a completely remote schedule or a hybrid of in-person and virtual classes

New polling, however, shows that 64 per cent of parents do not want their children returning to full-time in-person learning in the fall – with the parents either preferring a completely remote schedule or a hybrid of in-person and virtual classes

Trump also boasted of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, despite polling that shows the majority of Americans do not approve of his management of the crisis

Trump also boasted of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, despite polling that shows the majority of Americans do not approve of his management of the crisis

The president dismissed this as 'fake news' in a Twitter spree Monday morning

The president dismissed this as ‘fake news’ in a Twitter spree Monday morning 

The survey, which was released Monday, shows that 64 per cent of parents do not want that option. Instead, 28 per cent want their children to remain in a full-time distanced or remote learning situation while the other 36 per cent want some sort of hybrid of in-person and remote classes.

This is a drastic change from the same poll taken through late May to early June – when students and parents were still coping with remote classes.

Then, only 7 per cent of parents wanted their kids to remain in full-time distanced learning and 56 per cent wanted full-time in-person classes to resume in the fall.

In the May 25-June 8 poll, 37 per cent of American parents said they wanted a hybrid.

The change from early summer to late summer comes not only as cases have increased, but also as parents and students have not had to face the reality every day of remote classes, which has put extra onus on parents to step in to assist in the learning process.

Trump has continuously touted his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and bragged that he has a high approval rating within his own party.

‘96% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. 50% in new Rasmussen Poll (higher than Obama at this point in time). Thank you!’ Trump posted as part of a slew of tweets Monday morning.

On Friday, Rasmussen’s poll did show Trump with 50 per cent approval of the 1,500 likely voters it surveyed as part of its daily presidential approval tracking. Trump’s approval jumped by one percentage point to 51 per cent on Monday. 

He also touted his approval rating, which hit 50 per cent at the end of July and 51 per cent on Monday

He also touted his approval rating, which hit 50 per cent at the end of July and 51 per cent on Monday

Rasmussen Reports is the only database currently keeping a daily tracking poll of the president's approval rating

Rasmussen Reports is the only database currently keeping a daily tracking poll of the president’s approval rating 

Toward the end of then-President Barack Obama’s first term in August 2012, he had an approval rating of 44 per cent.

Despite the approval rating boost, Trump has received widespread criticism for his handling of national crises as of late – specifically in regards to the coronavirus pandemic, months-long nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and relationships with foreign adversaries like Russia and China.

An ABC News/Ipsos poll released last week showed that two-thirds of Americans do not approve of Trump’s management of any of those three situations.

As of Monday morning, the U.S. has more than 4.6 million confirmed infections of coronavirus and more than 154,000 deaths.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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