Trump announces lift on funding ban for faith-based institutions in HBCU pitch

Trump announces lift on funding ban for faith-based institutions in HBCU pitch
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President Donald Trump holds up an executive order to bolster historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the Oval Office of the White House on February 28, 2017. Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that his administration would lift a ban on federal funding for faith-based Historically Black Colleges and Universities, hailing his administration’s work advancing HBCUs during a speech at a conference in Washington. "This week our Department of Justice has published an opinion declaring such discriminatory restrictions as unconstitutional. It’s a big step," Trump said at the conference, which included HBCU leaders from around the country. "And from now on faith-based HBCUs will enjoy equal access to federal support." Trump said the "nation owes a profound and enduring debt of gratitude to its HBCUs," later adding, "You’ve seen this administration’s commitment — bigger and better and stronger than any previous administration by far." Trump hosts African American pastors and faith leaders at the White House During his speech, Trump also touted declining unemployment numbers, declines in overdose deaths, his administration’s immigration policy and his criminal justice reform initiatives. "Things are much different today," Trump said. "Under this administration, the era of economic surrender is over." Trump also cast himself as the best leader for African-Americans, despite securing only 8% of the black vote in 2016 and frequently stoking racial tensions. "African-Americans built this nation through generations of blood, sweat and tears," Trump said. "You are entitled to a government that puts your needs, your interests and your […]

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