WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has directed the Office of Management and Budget to stop training sessions at federal agencies that are “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”
OMB director Russell Vought, in a letter Friday to executive branch agencies, directed them to identify spending related to any training on “critical race theory,” “white privilege” or any other material that teaches or suggests that the United States or any race or ethnicity is “inherently racist or evil.”
Vought’s memo cites “press reports” as contributing to Trump’s decision, apparently referring to segments on Fox News and other outlets.
In stories, many national news organizations, including the Associated Press, have labeled such training “anti-racism” although that is not necessarily the case, and may, because of the absence of evidence, emotionally promote racism in a reverse direction.
Trump has rejected comments from Democratic nominee Joe Biden and others who have claimed, without providing data, that there is “systemic racism” in policing and American culture. Independent studies that examine a wider collection of data do not support Biden’s position.
Vought’s memo says additional federal guidance on training sessions is forthcoming, maintaining that “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,” he added.
“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.”
—AP stories contributed to this report.