Speaking to reporters from the White House on Thursday, President Trump announced that he had overruled his administration’s decision, and will not be reducing funding for the Special Olympics.
“The Special Olympics will be funded,” Trump asserted, “I just told my people, ‘I want to fund the special Olympics.”
President Trump called the event “incredible,” noting that he had personally attended previously, and that he had been unaware of the decision to cut funding until today.
Pres. Trump: “The Special Olympics will be funded. I just told my people I want to fund the Special Olympics, & I just authorized a funding of the Special Olympics. I’ve been to the Special Olympics. I think it’s incredible & I just authorized a funding.” https://t.co/jQwYuRG6IH pic.twitter.com/XgSY3SOjmT
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“I heard about it this morning,” Trump said of the decision. “I have overridden my people – We’re funding the Special Olympics.”
From The Hill:
President Trump said Thursday that he’s overruled his administration officials who sought to zero out funding for the Special Olympics in their budget proposal.
“The Special Olympics will be funded. I just told my people, ‘I want to fund the special Olympics,’ ” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a campaign rally in Michigan.
“I heard about it this morning,” he added. “I have overridden my people. We’re funding the Special Olympics.”
Trump added that he’s been to the sporting event personally, calling it “incredible.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has faced mounting scrutiny from lawmakers in both major parties after the department’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 did not include funding for the program.