In his remarks, the President also telegraphed that he is willing to use the bully pulpit of his office to lean on states which don't opt for fully open schools.
"They think it's going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed," the President said. "So we're very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools - to get them open."
In his remarks, Mr. Trump specifically noted Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, whose administration ordered schools on Monday to be open for in-person instruction at least five days every week in the new school year.
"Schools should open only after local school districts decide it’s safe for students, staff and teachers to return," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who called the Governor's move 'reckless.'
The push to re-open schools seems almost certain to result in a clash between local governments and teachers - as well as the unions representing teachers.
"Everyone wants to see schools reopen, but they must reopen safely," the Texas State Teachers Association said on Tuesday.
"I don’t disagree with the sentiment that the goal should be to have kids on campus," said Fedrick Ingram, the head of the Florida Education Association, a teachers union.
"But hope isn't a goal," Ingram added.