Pelosi: Slowing coronavirus spread necessary before reopening schools

Pelosi: Slowing coronavirus spread necessary before reopening schools
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' White House not optimistic on near-term stimulus deal Sunday shows - Stimulus debate dominates MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the U.S. needs to get better control over the coronavirus outbreak before a widespread reopening of schools can occur safely.

In an interview with ABC's "This Week," the House leader said Trump administration officials are not being realistic about the ability of local officials to keep students safe. 

"When you ... reduce the spread, you can open up the schools, when you reduce the rate of infection in a community," Pelosi said. "But until you do that, you have to be very careful."

Pelosi also accused the administration of dealing in "disinformation" following days of criticism aimed at President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE over his retweet of a video that featured a doctor known for claiming that masks do not prevent the virus's spread.

"I think the president is spreading disinformation about the virus," she added when asked about comments reported in Politico she allegedly made at a closed-door meeting with House Democrats accusing Deborah Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, of spreading false information.

"And she is his appointee," Pelosi added. "So I don't have confidence there, no."

Trump has defended his retweet of the video, which was taken down by Facebook and Twitter, suggesting that he retweeted it only because of its support for hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug he has repeatedly promoted as a treatment of the virus despite a lack of studies showing its effectiveness.