DeVos Backtracks as Trump Disavows Proposal to Remove Funds for Special Olympics

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Washington - President Donald Trump said he’s not backing Education Secretary Devos on her proposal to cut 100% funds for Special Olympics. While many people have been very upset by the proposal, others have also said that it is very unlikely that the proposal would go through as is. Meanwhile, Special Olympics Michigan has responded with a clear message of need for the funds.

“Would it make or break Special Olympics Michigan, no, we’ll still be here. We’ll still be providing many experiences, sports, [and] health programs for all of our athletes, but will we be able to do that to the level that our schools are [accustomed] to and the children with or without intellectual disabilities in Michigan deserve, no,” says Aaron Mills, senior director of Marketing and Communications for Special Olympics Michigan. 

Trump said he has been to the event and it is incredible. "The Special Olympics will be funded. I just told my people I want to fund the Special Olympics," Trump said as he left the White House en route to a political rally in Grand Rapids, MI. to reporters from CNN "I have overridden my people."

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. Trump “disavowing the cut” caused DeVos to backtrack. "I love Special Olympics myself, I have given a portion of my salary to Special Olympics. I hope all of this debate encourages lots of private contributions to Special Olympics," DeVos said Thursday.

DeVos had spent three days defending a proposed budget cut she claimed to not be personally involved in developing to Congress. DeVos argued that the Special Olympics doesn't need federal backing because it's a private organization that raises money from donations.

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