President Donald Trump spoke to media members on Thursday, stating that he will be overriding his administration proposal that initially planned on eliminating all funding for the Special Olympics budget.
“The Special Olympics will be funded. I just told my people, I want to fund the Special Olympics, and I just authorized funding of the Special Olympics,” Trump said. “I’ve been to the Special Olympics, I think it’s incredible, and I just authorized funding. I heard about it this morning. I have overridden my people. We’re funding the Special Olympics.” Said President Trump.
Department of Education Secretary, Betsey DeVos, recently received immense amounts of backlash after the initial plans were to cut $17.6 million from the Special Olympics budget. Once news broke about the lack of funding for the program, criticism rained down from lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum.
According to The Hill News, President Trump “reversed his administration’s position, undermining DeVos hours after she had defended the decision to Senate appropriators.”
The initial plan of slashing funding had little to no support by members of congress, but this didn’t stop the typical "FakeNews" platforms from crafting headlines attacking President Trump.
Democrat presidential candidate and known Socialist, Bernie Sanders, tried to use the Special Olympic headlines to his own advantage, crafting a tweet directly blaming President Trump for the decision.
"Trump and DeVos want to slash education spending and defund the Special Olympics after giving tax breaks to the top 1%. Unbelievable. When we are in the White House we will get our national priorities straight." Said Sanders in his tweet.
Betsey Devos previously issued a statement regarding her support for the Special Olympics but added, "the federal government cannot fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations.”
"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."
According to The Hill News, after President Trump announced the plan for funding the Special Olympics, DeVos applauded his overriding decision. Specifically saying, she and the president "see eye-to-eye on this issue."
The Chairman of the Special Olympics’ International, Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, released a statement on twitter, clarifying that “the government does not directly support the Special Olympics, but coordinates with the organization for special education services in school:” Via Breitbart News.
Instead of focusing on the true importance of the story, Democrats continuously show they are willing to use any headline as ammunition to attack President Trump and his character. Although the initial plan by the administration was wrong in most of our eyes, President Trump stepped up and made sure the Special Olympics receive the proper funding they need.