President Donald Trump issued a sweeping executive order Tuesday banning the military’s use of diversity training programs that suggest that the United States is “an irredeemably racist and sexist country.”
The move is an extension of a prior ban that applied to government workers; the latest order would also block the agencies from paying for “divisive” training programs supplied by federal contractors.
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Trump said his order is aimed at combating a “pernicious” ideology taking root in the U.S. that “some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors; and that racial and sexual identities are more important than our common status as human beings and Americans.”
“Unfortunately, this malign ideology is now migrating from the fringes of American society and threatens to infect core institutions of our country,” he said in the order.
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