Trump administration denies report about ending Michelle Obama's 'Let Girls Learn' program

The Trump administration is denying a CNN report from Monday that said "Let Girls Learn," an education program spearheaded by former first lady Michelle Obama, was being discontinued.

A White House spokesperson released a statement to the New York Daily News, stating, "The report in CNN yesterday was incorrect. There have been no changes to the program and none have been authorized."

A State Department spokesperson also said to CNN, "There have been no changes to the program."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: US First Lady Michelle Obama gestures with her hand outstretched as she speaks to students as part of the 'Let Girls Learn Initiative' at the Mulberry School for Girls on June 16, 2015 in London, England. The US First Lady is travelling with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her 'Let Girls Learn Initiative'. The event at the school was to discuss how the UK and USA are working together to expand girl's education around the world. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: US First Lady Michelle Obama gestures and holds flowers as she is received by young students holding the American flag in the courtyard before an event as part of the 'Let Girls Learn Initiative' at the Mulberry School for Girls on June 16, 2015 in London, England. The US First Lady is travelling with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her 'Let Girls Learn Initiative'. The event at the school was to discuss how the UK and USA are working together to expand girl's education around the world. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama (3R) watches an interpretive dance performance during a welcome for her arrival at Mulberry School for Girls during a visit as part of the US government's 'Let Girls Learn' initiative in east London on June 16, 2015. On the first full day of a visit to Britain the US First Lady met with local students in east London and discussed how Britain and the US are working together in order to attempt to expand access to adolescent girls' education around the world. While in London, the First Lady will also host a roundtable meeting on Let Girls Learn, and meet with British Prime Minister Cameron, Samatha Cameron, and Prince Harry. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: US First Lady Michelle Obama crosses her hands on her chest as she speaks to students as part of the 'Let Girls Learn Initiative' at the Mulberry School for Girls on June 16, 2015 in London, England. The US First Lady is travelling with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her 'Let Girls Learn Initiative'. The event at the school was to discuss how the UK and USA are working together to expand girl's education around the world. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) reacts as she watches an interpretive dance performance during a welcome for her arrival at Mulberry School for Girls during a visit as part of the US government's 'Let Girls Learn' initiative in east London on June 16, 2015. On the first full day of a visit to Britain the US First Lady met with local students in east London and discussed how Britain and the US are working together in order to attempt to expand access to adolescent girls' education around the world. While in London, the First Lady will also host a roundtable meeting on Let Girls Learn, and meet with British Prime Minister Cameron, Samatha Cameron, and Prince Harry. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) sits between The UK Department of International Development's Justine Greening and (L) returned Peace Corps Volunteer Bina Contreras (R) during a 'Let Girls Learn' meeting as part of the 'Let Girls Learn Initiative' at the Mulberry School for Girls on June 16, 2015 in London, England. The US First Lady is travelling with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her 'Let Girls Learn Initiative'. The event at the school was to discuss how the UK and USA are working together to expand girl's education around the world. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at Stanstead airport for a visit to London on June 15, 2015 in London, England. The First Lady is travelling to London with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her Let Girls Learn Initiative. During the visit she will meet with students at a girl's school to discuss how the UK and U.S. are working together to expand girl's education around the world. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and President Barack Obama announce a new government-wide coordinated strategy to help millions of girls around the world attend and stay school called 'Let Girls Learn' in the East Room of the White House March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Saying that she will focus on this program beyond her time in the White House, Michelle Obama will soon travel to Japan and Cambodia to promoted the new initiative. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA - MARCH 21: First lady Michelle Obama hugs a U.S. Peace Corp volunteer as she leaves the Sofitel Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mrs. Obama visited U.S. Peace Corps volunteers as part of a two-nation trip to promote the U.S. government's Let Girls Learn initiative. Cambodia is one of 11 countries where the initiative has been implemented. (Photo by Nicolas Axelrod/Getty Images)
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She added, "The Administration supports policies and programs to empower adolescent girls, including efforts to educate them through the completion of secondary school. We are committed to empowering women and girls around the world and are continuing to examine the best ways to do so."

Similar messages were posted on the State Department's Twitter account Monday evening.

CNN had reported earlier that day that the program would be ending based on an email it obtained from the Peace Corps acting director Sheila Crowley.

The message states, "Moving forward, we will not continue to use the 'Let Girls Learn' brand or maintain a stand-alone program."

In an updated piece, CNN points out that "In their comment, the White House did not say whether 'Let Girls Learn' would be maintained in the future as a standalone program — and they also did not directly address the memo or why it had been sent."

According to the program's official website, the Obamas launched the inter-agency initiative in March 2015, in part, "to expand educational opportunities for girls—including in areas of conflict and crisis."

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