"I wouldn't trust you to take care of a house plant, let alone my child."
This is MP Ayanna Pressley, who upset US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Sunday about the Trump administration's efforts to restart schools in the fall.
DeVos appeared in CNN's State of the Union on Sunday morning and demanded that schools be reopened despite the increasing number of coronaviruses across the country.
"There will be an exception to the rule, but the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall," DeVos told CNN. "And where there are small flare-ups or hot spots, these can be dealt with from school to school or from case to case."
CNN presenter Dana Bash urged DeVos to clarify the federal government's plans to re-open schools safely and the planned measures in the event of school outbreaks.
DeVos evaded the question and said, "Every school should have plans for this situation" without saying what the government, if any, recommends for these plans.
In a tweet shortly after the interview was broadcast, Pressley, a Massachusetts Democrat, came across DeVos.
"[Betsy DeVos] You have no plan," said Pressley. “Teachers, children and parents fear for their lives. They point to a private sector that has brought profits to people and claimed the lives of thousands of important workers. I wouldn't trust you to take care of a house plant, let alone my child. "
On Sunday, some public health officials pushed for a cautious approach to reopening schools, saying that opening decisions should be based on health data, not politics.
While some argue that children appear to be less at risk of catching and spreading COVID-19, Israel has seen a nationwide increase in cases recently after its schools reopened.