Trump Questions Whether a Funding Source for HBCUs is Constitutional

The Washington Post reports that Trump questioned whether an important funding source for Historically Black Colleges and Universities is constitutional.

“In February, President Trump invited leaders from historically black colleges and universities to the White House, a move they hoped signaled his support for the institutions and showed an effort to give them more clout in his administration. But critics had a more cynical description of the Oval Office meeting: a photo op.

“Those naysayers got more ammunition Friday after the White House released a signing statement connected to the recently approved federal funding measure. Tucked away in the last paragraph, the White House announced that it would treat a program that helps HBCUs get low-cost construction loans “in a manner consistent with the (Constitutional) requirement to afford equal protection of the laws.”

“People in higher education circles worried that the statement meant that the president was planning to get rid of a capital financing program that helps historically black colleges repair, renovate and build new facilities. Congress approved the program in 1992 after finding that “HBCUs often face significant challenges in accessing traditional funding resources at reasonable rates,” according to the Education Department.”

This raises many questions.

What about Trump’s pledge to be supportive of African Americans?

What will Betsy DeVos say about this when she speaks at an HBCU in a few days and receives an honorary degree?

What does Donald Trump know about the Constitution?

Has he ever read it?

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