State Department halts diversity training programs

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The State Department said Sunday that it had halted employee diversity and inclusion training programs.

Reuters reported over the weekend that an internal State Department cable indicated that the programs had been paused after President Trump last month issued an executive order ending such programs, which the White House has called “divisive,” including any teaching by federal agencies that the United States is “fundamentally racist or sexist.”

Despite the change, the State Department said it remained committed to increasing diversity in the workplace. “As an Executive Branch Agency, the Department of State complies with all Executive Orders,” a department said in an email, Reuters reported.

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