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Trump Targets Efforts to Desegregate U.S. Suburbs

Targeting HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, the president said on Twitter that enforcing housing desegregation would have a “devastating impact.”

HUD secretary Ben Carson speaks at a news conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., in March. 

HUD secretary Ben Carson speaks at a news conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., in March. 

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/CNP
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would reverse a federal rule that promotes fair housing and sets desegregation as a national priority. The policy is known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, or AFFH; it’s a provision of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, signed into law a week after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

“At the request of many great Americans who live in the Suburbs, and others,” Trump tweeted, “I am studying the AFFH housing regulation that is having a devastating impact on these once thriving Suburban areas. Corrupt Joe Biden wants to make them MUCH WORSE. Not fair to homeowners, I may END!”