This past week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos defended a plan that would defund special needs programs including the Special Olympics by $17.6 million.
“We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget,” DeVos said while being questioned.
This announcement by DeVos received major backlash especially from many Democrats who called it “appalling.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also denounced the cuts stating that, “I fully support the Special Olympics.”
In a surprising decision, President Trump went against DeVos. Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
President Donald Trump said yesterday outside the White House that he had just found out about the proposal to eliminate all federal funding to the Special Olympics and said, “I have overridden my people, we’re funding the Special Olympics.” He also noted that he has attended the Special Olympics in the past and that he “thinks it’s incredible.”
DeVos then released a statement, saying, “I am pleased and grateful the President and I see eye-to-eye on this issue…This is funding I have fought for behind the scenes over the last several years.”
This recent statement by DeVos is somewhat bizarre considering she just proposed a budget that would cut special needs programs such as the special Olympics but now after President Trump overrode her decision, she is saying that they see eye to eye. A very confusing situation.
According to Sarah Sanders, there is no tension between the President and DeVos. “President Donald J. Trump considers Secretary DeVos a personal friend and appreciates and respects the incredible job she is doing for students across the country, at an agency that was once so badly mismanaged under the Obama administration,” Sanders said.
President Trump’s decision to override DeVos received praises from both Republicans and Democrats. Democrat Mark Pocan from Wisconsin stated that he was pleasantly surprised about the President’s sudden decision.
“I’m extremely glad that the American people have convinced President Trump to do the right thing with Special Olympics,” Pocan said. “However, it shouldn’t take public outcry and shaming to restore funding to one of our nation’s most important special education programs.”
“And by the way, can someone pull Betsy from under the bus?” he later added.
Of course Pocan had to take a small jab at the President considering he is a Democrat for that matter. The President didn’t need to hear the “public outcry and shaming” to influence his decision on fully funding the Special Olympics. The President does what HE thinks is best no matter what the situation is.
Thankfully President Trump will always stick to his guns and do what is right. The future seems to be uncertain for DeVos, but the President has made it clear that he makes the final decision, even if it goes against what members of his administration are saying and promoting.
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