Published: Fri, May 04, 2018

Teacher of the Year Refuses to Shake Trump's Hand

Teacher of the Year Refuses to Shake Trump's Hand

She brought with her to the White House a stack of letters to from her students-who came to the United States from Syria, Iraq, Uganda, Burma, and El Salvador-because the kids "felt it was important for the president to understand the really rigorous and hard process and length of time it takes to come to the United States as a refugee", Manning told The Washington Post.

As President Donald Trump posed with teacher Mandy Manning while handing her the National Teacher of the Year award, it seemed he didn't notice the six badges she sported on her dress. She said while some of the letters are very supportive of the president, others have very pointed messages.

According to Manning, Trump said he was excited to read the letters.

Mr. Trump said he was honored to be at the event, and praised the elementary school musicians who performed at the White House for it. "But like I said, my students are innately hopeful".

"They make the United States the attractive place that it is", she added. Another represented the Peace Corps, where Manning got her start as a teacher.


U.S. President Donald Trump, center, speaks as Betsy DeVos, U.S. secretary of education, Mandy Manning, Alexander Acosta, U.S. labor secretary, and Josephine Olsen, director of the Peace Corps., listen during the National Teacher of the Year reception in the White House.

"Her incredible devotion has earned her the adoration - total adoration, actually - and respect of students and colleagues throughout her school district, community and the entire state", Trump said during the award ceremony.

Trump has used hostile language towards immigrants and refugees and recently brought an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme (DACA) - which provided temporary protected new arrivals from deportation and made them eligible for work permits.

The "Teacher of the Year" told CNN that the White House had not asked her what she would say in her remarks.

"This year I hope to engage the nation in a conversation about how we can encourage students to experience things outside of their understanding", Manning said last month, when the award was announced. It's an experience so profound for her that Manning, a married mother of three, cried when describing it. The White House did not provide a direct explanation to ABC News about why Manning's remarks were not part of press coverage of the event but responded with a statement confirming that she spoke.

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