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WATCH: ‘The science should not stand in the way’ of schools reopening, McEnany says

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany again pushed the Trump administration position Thursday that all schools should reopen in the fall, despite a surge in virus cases and hospitalizations.

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“We don’t think our children should be locked up at home with devastating consequences when it’s perfectly safe for them to go to school,” McEnany said at the White House press briefing.

“The science should not stand in the way of this,” McEnany told reporters.

She said the United States is the “outlier” among “peer nations” when it comes to schools reopening amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

McEnany also defended the administration on questions about testing and complaints of slow results that can often take 7-10 days.

She said the Trump White House has led the world on testing and shifted responsibility to the states to do more.

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