Klobuchar: DeVos 'shouldn't be in her job'

Klobuchar: DeVos 'shouldn't be in her job'
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg would support delaying Libra | More attorneys general join Facebook probe | Defense chief recuses from 'war cloud' contract | Senate GOP blocks two election security bills | FTC brings case against 'stalking' app developer Senate Republicans block two election security bills Warren overtakes Sanders in new poll MORE (D-Minn.) said Monday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosTrump admin gave over million in aid to students at unaccredited for-profit colleges On The Money: Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing finance plan | Dems jump into Trump turf war over student loans | House passes bill targeting anonymous shell companies Democrats jump into Trump turf war over student loans MORE is unfit for her position, specifically citing the Trump administration's proposed cuts to special education and the Special Olympics. 

"Let's mention the name of that education secretary is Betsy DeVos," Klobuchar told the audience at a CNN town hall in Manchester, N.H.

"Someone that I strongly opposed and I just think shouldn't be in her job," she continued, to applause from the audience. 


DeVos faced bipartisan backlash last month after her department proposed cutting funding for the Special Olympics. 

The program faced $17.6 million in cuts, but President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE later backed off the cuts, saying he overruled his administration officials who sought to zero out funding for the Special Olympics. 

Trump's decision came hours after DeVos defended the cuts in front of Senate appropriators.

"It is no surprise to me that these things keep happening, and she not only has tried to defund special education, but she also tried to get rid of the Special Olympics funding if you watched any of this," Klobuchar said. 

"I think we noted that literally just a few trips back to Mar-a-Lago and back with the president would have actually funded the Special Olympics funding," she continued, referring to governments costs to cover Trump's visits to his Florida resort.