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USA: Trump lifts funding ban on faith-based black colleges in election pitch

United States, Washington DC
September 11, 2019 at 00:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump lifted a ban on federal funding for faith-based Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at a conference in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Speaking to leaders from HBCUs, Trump praised the new Department of Justice opinion declaring the restrictions "discriminatory" and "unconstitutional", opening the path for more than 40 institutions to finally access federal funding.

During his speech, the US president also made a pitch to black voters ahead of the 2020 election.

"The African-American poverty rate also reached a new record low in the history of our country" he told the audience.

"These are pretty good numbers to know who's going to beat these numbers?"

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US President Donald Trump lifted a ban on federal funding for faith-based Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at a conference in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Speaking to leaders from HBCUs, Trump praised the new Department of Justice opinion declaring the restrictions "discriminatory" and "unconstitutional", opening the path for more than 40 institutions to finally access federal funding.

During his speech, the US president also made a pitch to black voters ahead of the 2020 election.

"The African-American poverty rate also reached a new record low in the history of our country" he told the audience.

"These are pretty good numbers to know who's going to beat these numbers?"

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M/S US President Donald Trump approaching podium, Washington DC

SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "Previously federal law restricted more than 40 faith-based HBCU's and seminaries from fully accessing federal support for capital improvement projects. This meant that your faith-based institutions, which have made such extraordinary contributions to America, were unfairly punished for their religious beliefs. Did we know that? Did everybody know that? Because that was not good. This week, our Department of Justice has published an opinion declaring such discriminatory restrictions as unconstitutional. (Applause) It's a big step, (Applause) and from now on faith-based HBCUs will enjoy equal access to federal support."

SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "For the first time ever the newest hires are minorities and predominantly women. So that's a big statement. Most are minorities and women. The African-American poverty rate also reached a new record low in the history of our country. The lowest poverty rate we are - that's something. I don't know when I'm on that debate stage with whoever I'm on. These are pretty good numbers to know who's going to beat these numbers? Please tell me."

SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "I know that each and every one of you share the same commitment to improving our communities and building a future of limitless opportunity. For nearly two centuries America's historically black colleges and universities have done exactly that. You've empowered millions of students to thrive and their careers, start a business, own a home and raise proud strong and loving families. That is your magnificent legacy and that is the mission we are determined to help you carry on. We're right by your side."

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