Trump: ‘The Special Olympics will be funded’ | TheHill – The Hill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says wind power doesn’t work because ‘it only blows sometimes’ Fuel standards to prevent overdependence on foreign oil are out of date Trump knocks MSNBC, CNN rankings: ‘Fake News never wins!’ MORE 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 DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosEmpower students with information about what their education will produce The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition – Trump to return to campaign stage On The Money: Trump Fed pick owes K to IRS, government claims | Dems seeking Trump financial info going back 10 years | GOP bill links paid parental leave to Social Security | Pentagon transfers B for wall MORE 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.

The Education Department’s proposal was unlikely to go forward in Congress given the widespread opposition to the $17.6 million in cuts to the program.

Trump reversed his administration’s position nevertheless, undermining DeVos hours after she had defended the decision to Senate appropriators.

“I love Special Olympics,” Devos said. “I have given a portion of my salary to Special Olympics. I hope all of this debate inspires private contributions to Special Olympics.”

A day earlier, DeVos issued a statement that said she supported the program but that “the federal government cannot fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations.”

She has chastised the media and lawmakers, suggesting they were twisting the funding debate for political purposes.

But members of Congress were largely united in their opposition to the move.

“Whoever came up with that idea at [the Office of Management and Budget] gets a Special Olympic Gold Medal for insensitivity,” Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinPuerto Rico fight threatens Senate disaster aid measure Senate blocks Green New Deal Senate GOP eyes probes into 2016 issues ‘swept under the rug’ MORE (Ill.), the Senate Democratic whip, told DeVos at Thursday’s hearing.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition – Trump to return to campaign stage Trump: Schiff should be forced out of office Overnight Health Care — Presented by the American Conservative Union — GOP blindsided by Trump on ObamaCare | McCarthy urged Trump to hold off on new attack | Dems aim to block DOJ funds for lawsuit | Judge blocks Medicaid work requirements in two states MORE (R-Calif.) told reporters that he disagreed with the funding request and that he “fully” supports the program.

After Trump announced the reversal, DeVos reportedly applauded his decision in a statement, saying she and the president “see eye-to-eye on this issue.”

Updated at 5:03 p.m.

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