Trump tells Treasury to review tax-exempt status of universities –

Trump tells Treasury to review tax-exempt status of universities

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West’s presidential race: “He will always be for us” Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman’s retirement: He deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this’ Trump says Biden has been ‘brainwashed’: ‘The radical left has taken it’ MORE Friday threatened the tax-exempt state and the funding of universities and colleges, alleging that “too many” schools are fueled by “radical left indoctrination.”

“Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine its status and / or tax-exempt financing, which will be removed if this propaganda or act against public policy continues,” Trump tweeted. “Our children must be educated, not indoctrinated!”

Trump did not name specific institutions whose tax-exempt state he wants the Treasury Department to review. Most private and public colleges and universities are exempt from tax because they qualify as 501 (c) (3) organizations.

It would be up to the IRS, a Treasury Department office, to conduct the review Trump described. However, federal law prohibits the IRS from targeting groups for regulatory scrutiny “based on their ideological beliefs.”

Trump’s latest comments come amid his growing battle over schools’ plans to learn during the coronavirus pandemic. The president has tried to pressure schools to physically reopen in the fall, even suggesting that he could withhold federal funds from those who don’t comply with his demands.

Schools across the country closed in the spring and transitioned to virtual learning amid the pandemic, and local authorities are considering plans to safely restart classes in the fall and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Trump has suggested that local officials want to keep schools physically closed for political reasons and not for health reasons.

The president has recently complained that schools are driven by what he describes as a radical left-wing ideology. He spent a decent chunk of the Independence Day remarks on Mount Rushmore warning of “extreme left fascism” that controls American schools, newsrooms, and other institutions.

“The violent chaos we have seen on city streets led by liberal Democrats, in all cases, is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and prejudice in education, journalism and other cultural institutions,” Trump said, referring to the recent protests. They have grown across the country in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd, some of which turned violent and resulted in the destruction of property and statues.

“Against all the laws of society and nature, our children are taught at school to hate their own country and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but villains,” Trump continued.

Naomi Jagoda contributed reporting.


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