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President Donald Trump had a sit-down meeting with the heads of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities at the White House Monday,.
Presidents and chancellors gathered as Trump committed to closer ties between his administration and the schools. His administration has hinted towards an executive order that will benefit HBCUs following Trump’s Black History Month commemorative meeting earlier this month.
That event, which was attended only by Black Trump surrogates from his administration and election campaign, turned to HBCU’s after a mention of how the schools fared under President Barack Obama. Omarosa Manigault, who was named director of communications for the Office of the Public Liaison last month, will be leading the charge.
On Monday, the college leaders also met with Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after their time with Trump.
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“Know that beginning today, this administration is committed to ensuring that historically black colleges and universities get the credit and the attention they deserve,” Pence said after the meeting. “Our administration at the president’s direction is working to find new ways to expand your impact so that more students, especially in the underserved communities of this country, have a chance at a quality education.”