DeVos says she fought 'behind the scenes' for Special Olympics funding

Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosDeVos family of Michigan ends support for Amash The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Watchdog: DeVos used personal emails for work in 'limited' cases MORE on Thursday said she sees “eye-to-eye” with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE on the Special Olympics after he overruled her planned budget that cut funding for the program.

“I am pleased and grateful the President and I see eye-to-eye on this issue and that he has decided to fund our Special Olympics grant. This is funding I have fought for behind the scenes over the last several years,” DeVos said in a statement. 

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Trump confirmed Thursday afternoon that he decided to override the Education Department’s proposed budget, which included cutting all of Special Olympics’ roughly $18 million in federal funds.

“The Special Olympics will be funded. I just told my people, ‘I want to fund the special Olympics,’” Trump told reporters.

“I heard about it this morning,” he added. “I have overridden my people. We’re funding the Special Olympics.”

Trump’s announcement came hours after DeVos defended the cuts in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"I love Special Olympics," Devos told Congress Thursday, in defense of the cut. "I have given a portion of my salary to Special Olympics. I hope all of this debate inspires private contributions to Special Olympics." 

Last year, DeVos donated about a quarter of her salary to the Special Olympics.

DeVos faced criticism for cutting the program in testimony before Congress twice this week.

“Whoever came up with that idea at [the Office of Management and Budget] gets a Special Olympic Gold Medal for insensitivity,” Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThreat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Senate Democrats request watchdog, Red Cross probe DHS detention facilities Iraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran MORE (Ill.) told DeVos at the appropriations hearing on Thursday.