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Trump calls for schools to reopen—but Barron won’t be attending in-person classes

For months, the president has advocated for reopening the country despite the climbing numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths.

Aug 3, 2020, 12:28 pm*

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Sierra Juarez 

Sierra Juarez

President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday morning that the nation should open up its schools amid the coronavirus pandemic—but his son Barron Trump won’t be attending in-person classes when school comes around this fall.

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For months, the president has advocated for reopening the country despite the climbing numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths. Trump has said the U.S. is seeing an increased number of cases because of more routine testing.

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“Cases up because of BIG Testing! Much of our Country is doing very well,” Trump tweeted. “Open the Schools!”

His tweet prompted swift backlash with people pointing out that his own son won’t be attending in-person classes. Barron Trump’s private school announced on Friday that students would attend only online classes until at least October, according to Time. In October, the school will reassess and determine whether it will begin in-person classes.

Trump’s tweet caused “Send Barron” to trend on Twitter on Monday morning as people expressed outrage over perceived hypocrisy.

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Right now, local officials are deciding whether schools are reopening based on the situation in their towns and cities.

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The U.S. currently has almost 155,000 coronavirus deaths and has had over four million confirmed cases.

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*First Published: Aug 3, 2020, 10:44 am