President Trump nixed diversity-training programs across the federal government, declaring them divisive and un-American.
The news, first reported by RealClearPolitics, was formalized in a memo Friday from Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought, who said anything involving “white privilege” or “critical race theory” would be on the chopping block.
“The President has directed me to ensure that Federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions,” Vought wrote. “Executive Branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to date ‘training’ government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda.
“For example, according to press reports, employees across the Executive Branch have been required to attend trainings where they are told that ‘virtually all White people contribute to racism’ or where they are required to say that they ‘benefit from racism,” the memo continued. “We cannot accept our employees receiving training that seeks to undercut our core values as Americans and drive division within our workforce.”
Trump spent much of Saturday morning retweeting news coverage of his decision on Twitter.
The move comes at a time when race relations have moved to the forefront of the 2020 presidential campaign. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May and deaths of other black men at the hands of cops have ignited violent rioting around the country.
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