Trump Flip Flops Today It’s “Unwavering Support” For HBCUs

 

A statement from the White House (Donald Trump) over the weekend suggested that a 25-year-old federal financial program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) may be unconstitutional an implication that has raised concerns among supporters and leaders of HBCUs.

In a signing statement on the $1.1 trillion omnibus government spending bill, Trump singled out the Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program as an example of provisions in the funding bill “that allocate benefits on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender.”

Trump said his administration would treat those programs “in a manner consistent with the requirement to afford equal protection of the law under the Due Process Clause of the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment.”’

In his signing statement, Trump outlines a range of provisions in the spending bill that he says would “unconstitutionally” limit his authority as commander-in-chief — and indicates that where the bill conflicts with the White House’s interpretation of the president’s powers under the Constitution, he will go with the Constitution.

If you remember back in February Trump met with over 100 presidents and chancellors of HBCUs and “pledged to reach out to African-Americans and other minorities”

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Under the financing program, which was created by Congress in 1992, the Education Department provides federally backed loans to historically black colleges and universities for the construction of buildings and other facilities. The bill provides $20 million in federal loan subsidies in the fiscal year 2017 to support as much as $282 million worth of financing to the schools.

I for one truly believed the meeting held in February was nothing more than a photo-op for his administration, it’s apparent that trump did not intend on following through with his the promises of “doing more for HBCUs and Minority’s than any other president”. His main goal/focus as of late is strengthening the military so we can bomb and go to war with countries that aren’t necessarily a threat to the United States and also building a wall in Mexico.

I don’t know what the next steps should be or what’s going to happen, hopefully, this slap in the face will wake people up and spark change. What are your thoughts?

Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/05/trump-historically-black-colleges-financing-unconstitutional-238061

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