Vought directed federal agencies to identify contracts and agency spending related to training programs that suggest the US “is an inherently racist or evil country” or “that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.” He urged agencies to seek out legal courses of action “to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these unAmerican propaganda training sessions.”
Trump eagerly promoted the move Saturday, retweeting posts praising the memo that went to federal agencies demanding they alter racial sensitivity training programs for federal workers.
“This is a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue,” Trump told his Twitter followers. “Please report any sightings so we can quickly extinguish!”
Such trainings “not only run counter to the fundamental beliefs for which our Nation has stood since its inception, but they also engender division and resentment within the Federal workforce,” Vought wrote, adding that “we cannot accept our employees receiving training that seeks to undercut our core values as Americans and drive division within our workforce.”
Vought pointed to an order from Trump as the source for directing federal agency heads to stop using federal funds for such training, promising additional details to come.
This story has been updated with additional background information and Trump’s Saturday morning tweets.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.