President Trump announced where his $1 million donation to Hurricane Harvey victims would go to. The cash will be split among 12 nonprofits, with the Salvation Army and American Red Cross getting the bulk of the money.
The Red Cross has been in the news recently with the accusations that they have been skimming donated funds. Millions of dollars had gone missing when the Red Cross provided relief to Haiti, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) had found that a quarter of the $488 million went to the Red Cross’s “internal expenses.”
The White House announced that the President would be giving away $1 million of his personal cash, last week. On Wednesday, a Trump spokesperson said that after he and the First Lady witnessed the relief efforts of some of these nonprofits in Texas, they decided the money to be directed to a dozen recipients.
The spokesperson added that the White House Press Corps recommended some of the nonprofits at the invitation of the President. The largest sums were given to the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross, which received $300,000 each.
The rest of the donation went to Christian charities like the Samaritan’s Purse, which is managed by the son of evangelist Billy Graham, Franklin Graham. The younger Graham has been supporting Trump ever since the campaign trail. For instance, when Trump’s response to the Charlottesville violence drew criticism, Graham said that the real blame lays with the “evil in men’s hearts,” not with Trump. Looks like his money is only going to people he likes.
Other Charities to Get Trump’s Money
Samaritan’s Purse will get $100,000 and so will Reach Out America; a Texas charity run by the Pentecostal Church. Charities that received $25,000 each include Catholic Charities, the Virginia-based Operation Blessing International, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Direct Relief, Houston Humane Society, Team Rubicon, and Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies.
It is unclear if the nonprofits were given the donations or if the checks would be handed in the next days. Trump has a record of pledging money to charity, but he sometimes forgets to fulfill those pledges.
The Washington Post reported last year that instead of donating the proceeds of his Trump University, books and TV show to charity, he donated money from the Trump Foundation, which routinely receives donations from other people.
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