Trump to Sign Measure Bolstering Historically Black Colleges and Universities

By Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will sign a measure on Tuesday aimed at boosting government support for the nation’s historically black colleges, a senior White House official said.

Trump, a Republican, has pledged to improve the lives of black Americans, who voted overwhelmingly in favor of his Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump’s order will move the federal government’s program for promoting historically black colleges and universities, known as HBCUs, back under direct oversight of the White House.

The move of the federal program, now housed in the Education Department, will make these institutions “a priority again,” by easing the way for partnerships with government agencies, the official added.

The order will allow them “to serve as a strategic partner to the president’s urban agenda of creating jobs and making inner cities safe again,” the official said.

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