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Trump to Sign Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on Campuses

March 03, 2019 / IVAN PENTCHOUKOV

President Donald Trump said on March 2 he would soon sign an executive order requiring universities and colleges to protect free speech on campuses or risk losing federal research funds. Trump made the announcement at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after bringing to the stage Hayden Williams, a conservative activist who was punched in the face at the University of California–Berkeley last month while recruiting students for Turning Point USA, a conservative group. “Today, I am proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research funds,” Trump said, drawing cheers and chants of “U-S-A” from the audience.