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Trump Backtracks on Request to Defund the Special Olympics: ‘I Heard About it This Morning’

President Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday that he’s overriding the Department of Education’s request to cut government funding for the Special Olympics.

“The Special Olympics will be funded,” Trump said. “I just told my people, I want to fund the Special Olympics, and I just authorized a funding of the Special Olympics. I’ve been to the Special Olympics, I think it’s incredible and I just authorized a funding. I heard about it this morning. I have overridden my people. We’re funding the Special Olympics.”

Trump cannot authorize funding for the Special Olympics, as that power lies with Congress, per Axios. The controversy over funding came after the Department of Education requested billions in cuts from Congress, including $18 million from the Special Olympics. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was questioned Thursday by Democratic lawmakers on the request to slash her own budget, which has faced a loud backlash.

Trump’s statement appeared to be a public rebuke of his own education secretary. Shortly after it was made, DeVos issued a statement claiming she had fought for the funding “behind the scenes the last several years.”

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