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Trump Backtracks on Special Olympics Funding

Well, that didn't take long. After several days of taking heavy heat even from members of his own party, President Trump has backtracked on his administration's plans to eliminate federal funding for the Special Olympics program.

Trump told reporters today that others were responsible for the proposal to slash about $18 million in federal support for the program that provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to compete in athletics. However, it was the third time that the Trump budget proposed ending federal support for the popular organization.

Trump's statement came after Betsy DeVos spent three days defending the proposal, just yesterday issuing a press release saying, in effect, "gee, I'm sorry, but we just can't fund everything." Except, however, that same budget included millions in pay raises for Education department executives.

"The Special Olympics will be funded," said Trump. "I just told my people, I wanna fund the Special Olympics...I've been to the Special Olympics, I think it's incredible and I just authorized a funding."

Added Trump, "I have overridden my people."

DeVos issued a statement saying she was happy for Trump's decision, contending she really wanted to keep the funding but that the White House Office of Management and Budget said no.

Yesterday, there were news reports, including on Not Fake News, that just four Trump visits to Mar-a-Lago would be enough to restore the Special Olympics cuts.

No word as yet as to whether that's where Trump will get the money.

Yuk yuk.

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