Harvard Responds To Trump Claims They Took Stimulus Money

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Donald Trump says a lot of things without the slightest bit of research, and apparently, he heard something about Harvard University receiving small business money in the stimulus package because Tuesday, he went after the Ivy League college when he said:

“I’m not going to mention any other names, but when I saw Harvard — they have one of the largest endowments anywhere in the country, maybe in the world. They’re going to pay back the money.”

Now, Harvard has responded to the president’s misinformed statement. Spokesperson Jonathan Swain said this:

“Harvard did not apply for, nor has it received any funds through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses. Reports saying otherwise are inaccurate.”

“President Trump is right that it would not have been appropriate for our institution to receive funds that were designated for struggling small businesses.”

Swain continued:

“Like most colleges and universities, Harvard has been allocated funds as part of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Harvard has committed that 100% of these emergency higher education funds will be used to provide direct assistance to students facing urgent financial needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“This financial assistance will be on top of the support the University has already provided to students – including assistance with travel, providing direct aid for living expenses to those with need, and supporting students’ transition to online education.”

People responding to the Harvard tweet above had a lot to say about the president’s idiocy. Check out the best reactions below.

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