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Jacques: Opponents Make DeVos ‘More Resolute’

Washington — Betsy DeVos sometimes found it hard to keep her composure during her grueling confirmation process as the nation’s new education secretary. The ferocious and largely personal attacks on her character and commitment to promoting school choice were withering.

“I try not to be cynical,” DeVos says, during an exclusive interview in her new Washington office Wednesday, her first with the media since being nominated by President Donald Trump on Nov. 23. “I am disappointed with how some people have behaved, yes. But I still remain very hopeful that if people can unite around doing what’s right for kids we can ultimately find common ground.”