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Trump tours Florida school, gets photo with children

Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 01:25

U.S. President Donald Trump visits a Florida Catholic school with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, invites schoolchildren to take photo with him, and says ''we're going to make you famous.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Besty DeVos visited St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando on Friday (March 3) to promote school vouchers, which he mentioned in his address to Congress on Tuesday (February 28). Reports indicated that nearly 300 of the 350 students at the parochial school receive Florida Tax Credits Scholarship, and the students self-identify as "scholars." The school educates students from from pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade, according to local media. Trump encouraged two students who hand-delivered a handmade card to him to pose for a photograph, adding "we're going to make you famous." "St. Andrew's Catholic school represents one of the many parochial schools dedicated to the education of some of our nation's most disadvantaged children. But they're becoming just the opposite very rapidly through education and with the help of the school choice programs," Trump said. The reality TV star-turned-politician laid out plenty of promises during his address to Congress earlier in the week, including an education bill. "As I've often said in my address to Congress and just about any place else I can speak, education is the civil rights issue of our time and it's why I've asked Congress to support a school choice bill. And we've come a long way from really, we're right out there and we're ahead of we're ahead of schedule in so many ways when it comes to education," he added. While Trump has been criticized by pundits for his frequent and costly trips to Florida's Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump told Florida educators at St. Andrews it's all business. "Florida to me is a very, very special special state. I mean, I know people back here they know why I like it so much. We've had a lot of success in Florida and I love it, it's my second home, I'm up here all the time. And we have the 'southern White House' in Florida and we get a lot of work done. Believe me there's not rest at the Southern White House, it's all work," he said.

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Trump tours Florida school, gets photo with children

Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 01:25