White House Report: Will Trump Shut Down Gov’t Over Border Wall?; Trump Budget Hurts HBCUs

President Trump (whitehouse.gov) Betsy DeVos-Secretary of Education speaking at Bethune-Cookman University in May 2016. (Twitter)

(SBN) –  Freshman U.S. Senator Kamala Harris-D/CA is blasting President Trump over his threats to “shut down” the government over his promised border wall–the wall that he vowed would be paid for by Mexico.   Senator Harris said in a tweet, “President is trying to hold the government hostage over a border wall we don’t need that could cost taxpayers $70-billion dollars to build and $150-billion dollars to maintain.”

Meantime, amid calls from the Congressional Black Caucus for the White House to cancel its upcoming HBCU conference next month, Ms. Huckabee-Sanders said the event is “book to capacity with a waiting list.”

SBN White House Report with Kim Lampkins


Regarding the HBCU conference, CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond-D/VA said in a statement:

“They brought all those HBCUs to town. They took a picture in the Oval Office and then they did nothing,” said Richmond. “If you look at President Trump’s budget he has a number of actions in it that actually hurt HBCUs.”

Richmond called for “substantive policies,” instead of a conference to help HBCUs.

“I don’t think you need a conference in D.C. in order to do that,” Richmond told reporters. Further, he said, “This White House is not serious about improving our HBCUs, our institutions of advancement.”

And, via the Twitter #Questions4Betsy, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law asks:

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