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Pelosi: Slowing coronavirus spread necessary before reopening schools

Pelosi: Slowing coronavirus spread necessary before reopening schools
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo On The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Overnight Health Care: CDC expands definition of 'close contact' after COVID-19 report | GOP coronavirus bill blocked in Senate | OxyContin maker agrees to B settlement with Trump administration 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 TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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 BirxDeborah BirxScott Atlas: Fauci 'just one person on the task force' Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE, 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.