Trump Claims To Have Saved The Special Olympics Despite Attempting To Defund It
Months after President Donald Trump proposed cutting funding to the Special Olympics, the U.S. president proudly announced his decision to reverse the initial budget cut, CNN reports. "Today, I officially updated my budget to include $18 million for our GREAT @SpecialOlympics, whose athletes inspire us and make our Nation so PROUD!" Trump tweeted on Monday.
While the initial proposal to cut funding to Special Olympics was unlikely to receive Congressional approval, the President’s budget is generally regarded as a signal showing the White House’s priorities. Trump made the announcement in addition to making other revisions, including increasing NASA’s budget and those of Everglades and Great Lakes restoration efforts.
An official in the Trump administration later told CNN that the White House gave the changes to the budget proposal to lawmakers in Congress on Monday.
"Tonight, the administration sent Congress a budget amendment to account for spending request adjustments, which is part of the normal budget process," the official said.
Spokeswoman for the Education Department, which came under intense fire after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos contributed to the initial proposal to slash Special Olympics funding, Liz Hill said in a statement, While the Secretary is very personally supportive of their mission and work, the activities of Special Olympics are better supported with other state, local and private funds."