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Trump Announces He’ll Sign Executive Order Requiring Colleges and Universities to ‘Support Free Speech’

President Donald Trump announced during his CPAC speech today he will sign an executive order requiring colleges to “support free speech.”

Trump made the announcement after inviting Hayden Williams, the conservative activist attacked at Berkeley, to the stage to speak. Williams briefly spoke and the president followed up with words of praise.

“He took a punch for all of us,” Trump said. “And we could never allow that to happen. And here is, in closing with Hayden, here’s the good news. He’s going to be a wealthy young man.”

After Williams thanked the president and walked off-stage, Trump announced the executive order:

“Today I’m proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research dollars. If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people like Hayden and many other great young people and old people to speak. Free speech. If they don’t, it will be costly. That will be signed soon.”

You can watch above, via C-SPAN.

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