Trump backs off cuts to Special Olympics funding – live

8.44pm GMT

JUST IN: Faced with mounting pressure, Donald Trump said he is backing off his budget request that would cut funding for the Special Olympics.

“The Special Olympics will be funded, I just told my people,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “I’ve overridden my people.”

7.55pm GMT

Donald Trump is expected to name a counterterrorism analyst at Fox News as the new State Department spokesperson, NBC News reported on Thursday.

Morgan Ortagus, a national security contributor at Fox News, will replace Heather Nauert, who has served as the State Department’s spokeswoman since January of 2017. Nauert was herself a former Fox News anchor and was nominated by Trump as the next UN ambassador but withdrew from consideration last month.

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Source: theguardian