WASHINGTON—President Trump said Wednesday he disagreed with current government guidelines for safely reopening schools, calling them too tough, escalating his campaign to get children back in the classroom despite a surge in coronavirus cases this summer.

Mr. Trump said he would meet with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has published recommendations for how to open schools amid the pandemic and is set to issue more guidance next week. Mr. Trump signaled he would look to ease its recommendations, which…

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