President Donald Trump on Monday directed at least $200 million a year to technology education grants for women and minorities.
The president signed a memo instructing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to prioritize STEM through existing competitive grant programs that will encourage women and minorities to participate in coding and other computer-based careers — though senior administration officials offered few specifics on how they would fulfill that goal.
“We need to create pathways for all our citizens to get jobs,” Trump said at an Oval Office signing ceremony, surrounded by children. “When you get out of school, you’re gonna get great jobs.”
Senior administration officials said they would leave crucial specifics — such as who will receive the federal funds — up to DeVos. One official emphasized they would focus on programs that start children on this path at a young age.
The grants won’t require congressional approval or new appropriations, White House officials said, because they will rely on existing Education Department funds.
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President Trump on Monday praised football fans who booed NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem on Sunday, as he continued for a fourth day his campaign to pressure team owners on the issue.
“These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!” Trump said in a series of morning tweets, also asserting that only a “small percentage” of players knelt.
The president went on to praise NASCAR supporters and fans, saying they were with him, and denied that his stance has anything to do with race.
“It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!” Trump said in another tweet.
His latest comments on this subject followed a remarkable Sunday during which players at games across the country locked arms, knelt and stayed in the locker room during anthem in a show of solidarity against Trump’s broadside on the issue. Several team owners also participated.
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10:00 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing
12:30 pm: Lunch with Vice President Pence
3:00 pm: Makes an announcement on the Trump Administration’s commitment to equipping the American workforce for jobs of the future
6:30 pm: Has dinner with grassroots leaders; Blue Room