Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, which he released earlier this month, would have scrapped funding for the Special Olympics, which has an allocation of $17.6bn (€15.6bn) this fiscal year.
There was no sign Congress was going to agree to defund the popular Special Olympics programme in spite of Trump’s proposal. He had sought to cut funding last year as well and lawmakers added the funding back into the budget.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had struggled to defend the proposal in testimony to Congress and both Trump’s Republicans and opposition Democrats had denounced the move.
The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual or physical disabilities.
Talking to reporters, Trump said he had just heard about the controversy yesterday.
“I’ve been to the Special Olympics, I think it’s incredible and I just authorized a funding,” Trump said. “I heard about it this morning. I have overridden my people. We’re funding the Special Olympics.”