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No, Trump Can't Cut U.C. Berkeley's Federal Funding by Himself

Trump accused the school of stifling free speech after protesters shut down an event.
Damage from protests in Berkeley, California, on Feb. 2, 2017.

Damage from protests in Berkeley, California, on Feb. 2, 2017.

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President Donald Trump mused about cutting off nearly $500 million in annual federal funds to the University of California-Berkeley in a tweet on Thursday, following a night of violent protests against a provocative speaker that led the school to cancel the event.

Trump wrote that the university “does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view.” He ended his message with: “NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”