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Obama responds to reports Trump may abolish her flagship education policy for girls

The Independent logo The Independent 6/05/2017 Emily Shugerman

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama seemed to take her own advice to “go high” in response to rumours that President Donald Trump would end her signature 'Let Girls Learn' Initiative.

Reports surfaced recently that the Trump administration would be cancelling the initiative, which advances education for young women around the world, as part of their rollback of several Obama-era programmes.

CNN reported that Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley had sent a memo to staff announcing the end of the stand-alone programme. A spokesperson from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) told The Independent that the agency is "committed to empowering women and girls around the world" and are "continuing to examine the best ways to do so."

Michelle Obama. © Getty Images Michelle Obama.

A spokesperson from the White House and USAID later clarified that the 'Let Girls Learn' initiative still stands. But Ms Obama seemed to feel the need to protect her signature program, which she did through an understated tweet.

“Excited by the potential of the Obama Pres. Center,” she wrote. “Barack & I will continue to champion the issues close to our hearts, including girls ed.”

The former first lady expanded on the tweet at an event for College Signing Day on Friday, saying that her and the former president's belief in the power of education is "going to be at core of everything that we do going forward."

"I might not live in the White House anymore, but Barack and I are going to keep on celebrating you all and supporting you and lifting you up no matter what house we live in," she said. 

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