In his weekly trip to Florida, President Donald Trump has paid a visit to a group of school children in Orlando (video below).
Trump's primary purpose for visiting St. Andrew Catholic School was to attend a listening session on school choice, reports CNN.
In anticipation of the visit, the school's principal, Latrina Peters-Gipson, penned an editorial in the Orlando Sentinel expressing sympathy with the president's educational agenda:
The president and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have said they are committed to helping all children find the schools that work best for them, and school choice is giving parents more options. Orange County is a prime example of how well it works and how popular it has become. Thousands of students choose district-operated magnet schools and academies and virtual education, and more than 10,000 attend privately operated charter schools that are approved by the district.
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In an opposing view, the American Federation of Teachers took the opportunity to denounce the Trump/DeVos educational philosophy. The organization's president, Randi Weingarten, said: "To borrow a word from Trump, it's so 'sad' that the president and his secretary of education have demonstrated such an antipathy toward public schools."
The arrival of Trump and his team at the school was captured on video, as he received a welcoming greeting from the students and teachers.
One boy told the president that he wanted to attend Boston University. In response, Trump assured him that it is a good school. When another student said she planned to go into business, he encouraged her to "make a lot of money," but "don't run for politics" afterward, he joked.
In addition to the awkward phrasing, the advice stands in stark contrast to the traditional notion of public service as a patriotic duty, perhaps most famously expressed by Former President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
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As the website Careers in Government explains: "With those words and the creation of programs such as AmeriCorps and the Peace Corp, President Kennedy challenged a generation to enter public service. That generation answered the call and made the government workforce one that inspired pride."
The school visit was merely a short stop on a road trip in which the president attempted to promote his agenda of tax cuts, Obamacare repeal, and increased military spending, following his first joint address to Congress Feb. 28.
As CNN observes, it is traditional practice for presidents to hit the road to drum up support for their agenda after delivering a joint address to Congress or a State of the Union address.