Donald Trump takes cue from young conservative firebrand Charlie Kirk, signs an executive order for free speech on college campuses - 2019-03-21
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order designed to protect free speech on college campuses after being urged to do so by Turning Point USA's president and founder Charlie Kirk, an outspoken conservative and rising star on the political right.
The order calls for federal funding for research to be withheld from universities if they do not agree to uphold the First Amendment, but the details of how it will be implemented and enforced are hazy.
"Free inquiry is an essential feature of our Nation's democracy, and it promotes learning, scientific discovery, and economic prosperity," the order states. "We must encourage institutions to appropriately account for this bedrock principle in their administration of student life and to avoid creating environments that stifle competing perspectives, thereby potentially impeding beneficial research and undermining learning."