Donald Trump has directed the Officer of Management and Budget to eliminate spending taxpayer dollars on what he calls “divisive, anti-American propaganda” in its training programs for government employees.
In a memo sent to executive bench agencies on Friday, OMB director Russell Vought directed the agencies to identify contracts or spending related to training on “critical race theory,” “white privilege,” or any other “training or propaganda effort that teaches the United States is inherently racist or evil or that any particular race is inherently racist or evil.”
The memo cites press reports as having influenced Trump’s decision, and that these press reports have “claimed that there is racism embedded in the belief that America is the land of opportunity or the belief that the most qualified person should receive a job.”
The memo says that further federal guidance will be handed down shortly on implementing Trump’s directive.
“The President, and his Administration, are fully committed to the fair and equal treatment of all individuals in the United States. The President has a proven track record of standing for those whose voice has long been ignored and who have failed to benefit from all our country has to offer, and he intends to continue to support all Americans, regardless of race, religion, or creed. The divisive, false, and demeaning propaganda of the critical race theory movement is contrary to all we stand for as Americans and should have no place in the Federal government,” Vought’s memo concludes.
The memo comes while tension runs high as the country grapples with racism, amid nationwide protests after several high profile deaths of unarmed African American’s at the hands of police officers have sparked outrage across the nation.