USA Today reports:
President Donald Trump said he would jettison a proposal to slash funding for the Special Olympics, undercutting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. “The Special Olympics will be funded. I just told my people I want to fund the Special Olympics,” Trump said he left the White House en route to a political rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. “I have overridden my people.”
Trump’s remarks came after widespread criticism targeted DeVos’ budget proposal to eliminate funding for the program, which is designed to help children and adults with disabilities. DeVos’ proposed $17.6 million cut for the Special Olympics was included in the $4.75 trillion federal budget that President Donald Trump’s administration sent to Congress earlier this month.
President Trump responds to news that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was proposing a cut to Special Olympics funding: “I just authorized a funding of the Special Olympics. … I have overridden my people, we’re funding the Special Olympics” https://t.co/Xk2PkovwDu pic.twitter.com/Kg0tmw7XzU
— CNN (@CNN) March 28, 2019
The Trump admin wants to eliminate Special Olympics education funding and cut millions of dollars for Deaf and blind students.
Here’s how Betsy DeVos defended it: pic.twitter.com/CIiivuWDhj
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 27, 2019
So Trump made Betsy Devos just eat that turd for a couple days, huh. https://t.co/FFj8G6RnLs
— Sam Stein (@samstein) March 28, 2019
DeVos earlier defending Trump’s budget: deficit means we can’t afford to fund Special Olympics
Trump today: i’ve overruled my people. we’re funding Special Olympics
DeVos now: “pleased. grateful. This is funding I’ve fought for behind-the-scenes over the last several years”
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) March 28, 2019
“I’ve taken better care of Puerto Rico than any man ever,” Pres. Trump claims, after sustained criticism over his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria. “They’ve got to spend the money wisely. They don’t know how to spend the money.” https://t.co/RLlmR7oPqi pic.twitter.com/VltUNr1Up6
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 28, 2019