The White House announced Thursday that President Trump plans to donate $1 million to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Louisiana and Texas.
Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the President has not made up his mind on which disaster relief organization to direct the money to. Sanders added that her boss instructed her to ask reporters present at the press briefing to come up with suggestions since they have been reporting on the relief efforts and the groups 24/7.
As I said, he’ll pledge proudly $1 million of his own personal money to help the people of both Texas and Louisiana,
The spokeswoman told the press.
He has personal money? What happened to being bankrupt? It is not the first time the President commits his personal money to government agencies. He redirected his first presidential salary to The National Park Service and Department of Education. Before donating the installments, he asked the press where the money should go to. Though he’s the one who cut funding from those programs in the first place.
The President and the First Lady will make another trip to Texas and Louisiana this weekend. On Tuesday, the two visited Corpus Christi, TX., to get briefed on disaster relief operations. On Thursday, VP Mike Pence assessed the damage in Rockport, TX.
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Sanders couldn’t offer more details on the presidential couple’s second trip to the affected areas. The current plan includes a first stop in Houston, TX, and a second one in Lake Charles, LA. Houston is still massively underwater and dangerous so yes, great idea for the president to go there.
Trump is not the first donor to make a hefty donation to relief efforts in the two states. Abbvie Foundation has also pledged a $1 million donation to the efforts, while the Allstate Foundation promised to donate $1.55 million.
Texas-based Vizient also promised to donate $1 million. Part of the money was raised from the company’s workers in a bid to help hospital workers deal with emergencies. Another Texas-based company, Reliant, announced a $2 million donation.
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