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Trump to clean out trainee loan financial obligation for disabled veterans

Trump to erase student loan debt for handicapped veterans


Chris Kenning


Louisville Carrier Journal
Released 3:17 PM EDT Aug 21, 2019

President Donald Trump signed an order discharging federal student loan debt for completely and totally handicapped veterans during a visit to Louisville Tuesday where he resolved more than 2,000 veterans.

” You battled courageously for your nation and now we’re fighting courageously for you,” Trump informed a crowd at a downtown hotel, vowing to remove “every cent” of an average of $30,000 of trainee loan debt for about 25,000 disabled veterans.

Trump’s speech at the 75th national convention of AMVETS, a major U.S. veterans’ organization, was part of a daylong check out to Louisville that likewise included a charity event for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s reelection bid.

Trump’s speech at Louisville’s Galt Home Hotel highlighted his commitment to military members and efforts to assist those serving in your home and abroad.

AMVETS is a congressionally chartered veterans service organization representing more than 250,000 veterans nationwide.

Outside the downtown hotel on the Ohio River, Trump’s appearance drew vendors selling Trump 2020 flags and t-shirts. Protesters holding signs blasting Trump for “destroying our democracy” had actually collected outside, including some veterans who opposed Trump’s assistance of a restriction on transgender service members.

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Inside, hundreds of veterans in garrison caps cheered Trump, who applauded veterans and his efforts to build up the U.S. armed force, boasting that the U.S. had actually “crushed” ISIS in Syria. he also touted the relocate to develop a 6th branch of the Armed Forces, the “Space Force.”

” We’re restoring the amazing may of the U.S. military,” he said.

Trump stated he had worked to improve psychological health services for veterans and lower wait times and care at Veterans Affairs medical facilities. He stated the VA released 7,600 employees who weren’t offering correct care. He also stated he ‘d worked to reduce veteran joblessness, which had reached “the most affordable level ever tape-recorded.”

” You are not forgotten,” Trump said.

He said he would ” sign a memorandum directing the Department of Education to get rid of every penny of Federal trainee loan financial obligation owed by American veterans who are completely and completely disabled,” he stated. “Unbelievable. No one can grumble about that.”

Trump, who spoke mainly from a teleprompter, also offered a nod to Kentucky’s political climate by yelling out Gov. Matt Bevin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, 2 of his closest allies in the Bluegrass State.

” A man who has truly done a fantastic task,” Trump stated of Bevin, who is facing a hard re-election in 2019

On his flight to Kentucky, Trump tweeted criticism of NATO nations for contributing too little for military defense, calling it “extremely unfair to the United States!”

After the speech, Trump was arranged to go to the Seelbach Hotel to fulfill with a group of advocates and heading the private fundraiser hosted by Bevin’s campaign, where guests can get a photo with Trump for $21,000. Bevin is being challenged by Democratic Attorney general of the United States Andy Beshear in what might be a close election.

The president, without pointing out specifics, noted that Kentucky is having its “finest year” with record numbers. Bevin’s campaign typically indicates the state’s enhanced economy such as 55,000 brand-new jobs and traditionally low unemployment during his tenure.

The visit comes throughout renewed worries of an economic downturn amidst Trump’s trade war with China and renewed calls for gun control procedures after 3 recent mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso and Gilroy, California.

Trump was also dealing with criticism from Jewish groups for his remarks Tuesday that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats show “an overall lack of understanding or fantastic disloyalty.”

Trump’s check out also comes amid his administration’s move to end a federal court contract limiting for how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. And he was also making headings for canceling a trip to Denmark after its prime minister dismissed the idea of selling Greenland to the U.S. as “a ridiculous conversation.”

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Trump has gone to Kentucky a number of times in current years, consisting of a rally in October to support U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, where he focused greatly on migration.

At a 2016 project rally in Louisville, numerous protesters said they were assaulted by individuals in the crowd after Trump screamed, “Get em out of here.”

His is at first due to leave at 5:25 p.m. to return to Washington, but the hold-up in getting here could push that back.

Reach press reporter Chris Kenning at ckenning@gannett.com or 502-396-43361 and follow him on Twitter at @chris_kenning. Press Reporters Deborah Yetter, Phillip Bailey and Sarah Ladd added to this report. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courierjournal.com/subscribe.

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