Trump blasts Harvard for taking 'easy way out,' threatens to cut funding

President Donald Trump addressed the efforts he says universities should be taking to safely reopen.

Trump tweeted that he would consider withdrawing funds from schools that continue to remain shut this fall.

President Donald Trump held a briefing, urging universities to re-open this fall instead of taking “an easy way out.”

While the U.S. is “doing well” economically, the country must still make efforts towards improving the educational experiences of students. 

Trump demanded that universities “get open in the fall,” pledging that there will “be a much better climate” this fall. The president said that universities need to reopen if “we want to get our country going again.”

Harvard University recently announced that it will remain online this fall. Trump criticized the university’s decision, claiming that it will not face financial consequences given that “their endowment is plenty big.”

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Trump said, “I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s an easy way out. And I think they ought to be ashamed of themselves, you want to know the truth. But I noticed that today and probably others are doing that. That’s called the easy way out.”

Re-opening is necessary to students, families and professors because “it’s so important that the children — at this age, especially — that they’re together, they’re together on campus.” In regards to “striving” toward re-opening universities this fall, the Trump administration is “going to be very, very powerful on that view.”

Following the briefing, Trump tweeted that many schools are re-opened in Europe and other countries without any spike in coronavirus cases. 

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He said that the decision to remain closed is an attempt by Democrats to influence the upcoming general election. 

The president added that if schools fail to reopen, then he “may cut off funding.”

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