Trump says son Barron 'not so unhappy' about missing school as he's remote learning from White House
POTUS praises his son's school for implementing distance learning amid coronavirus pandemic so that the 14-year-old could attend classes from home
President Donald Trump, on March 30, said that his youngest son, Barron Trump, is not unhappy about missing school and being holed up in the White House during the coronavirus pandemic. The POTUS also praised his son's school for implementing remote learning so that the 14-year-old could attend classes from home.
"Well, Barron's not so unhappy, OK? He's not so unhappy. They said you can't go to school and - I wouldn't say he's the - I wouldn't say he sat up and complained about it," Daily Mail quoted Trump as saying during his appearance in Fox & Friends.
The President, while talking about Barron's school St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, said that his team is working with the school which has implemented distance learning for students amid the crisis.
"But you know we’re working with the school, and the school gives lessons through the computers and through every other means they have," Trump said. "They have a lot of different means and all of those kids, where Barron goes, they’re learning."
Trump, during the segment, argued, "what can be better than being in school?" as he marveled at how teleconferencing has allowed meetings to continue during the crisis.
"I've done a lot of - I did a G20 and G7 by teleconference. Meetings that we would have met the leaders of countries and I did it by teleconference," Trump said. "So it's been - it's been a great experience. And the thing that we just have to cherish is life."
Trump spoke about his son during the segment after co-host Brian Kilmeade asked him how Barron and First Lady Melania Trump were occupying themselves amidst the lockdown. The President, on March 29, had announced that the federal guidelines to stem the spread of the deadly virus would stretch till the end of April.
Trump, last week, had suggested that he would try to reopen the country by Easter Sunday (April 12). Health experts working on his coronavirus taskforce, however, pressed against the suggestion stating that if social distance did not continue, there would be a staggering death toll.
The President appears to have become more personal about the havoc the novel coronavirus has unleashed in the country as he talked about some of the horrifying images coming for New York City, the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the US.
"You look at what's going on, it's been just so horrible. It's been so horrible to see it. I've never seen - you know I grew up near Elmhurst and I look at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens and I've known it, you know I could tell you all about it, I could tell you what it looks like, what color it is," Trump said.
"It's terrible what's going on," Trump said. "It’s body bags all over, they’re bringing in refrigerator trucks to put the bodies in, refrigerated trucks, big vans, like big trucks are coming in."
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 160,000 people in the US, with a confirmed death toll of over 3,100. The virus, worldwide, has affected 780,000 people and has taken more than 37,000 lives even as the number continues to grow.