President Donald Trump donated his fourth-quarter 2019 salary to a federally funded agency, which is responsible for protecting the health of all Americans, to help fight the deadly Asian pandemic.
President Trump gave that Q4 salary to the Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS’s) CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus relief effort.
“I give, and have given from the beginning, my entire yearly salary, $400,000 to $450,000, back to our government,” he said on Twitter. “Last check to HHS COVID[-19] relief. My great honor.”
The president attached a photo of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany showing reporters at a press briefing his latest quarterly personal check for the Office of Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir.
“At press briefing, McEnany displays $100,000 check Pres[ident] Trump donating from his presidential salary to HHS for development of medications to prevent and treat coronavirus,” CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller said on Twitter.
The president confirmed the money would be donated to “confront, contain, and combat” the CCP Virus, which has already infected 1.6 million and killed 99,300 people across the nation according to the Worldometer website.
“President Donald Trump made a commitment to donate his salary while in office,” McEnany said on Twitter. “Honoring that promise and to further protect the American people, he is donating his 2019 fourth quarterly salary to HHS to support the efforts being undertaken to confront, contain, and combat coronavirus.”
The president has ruled out shutting down the national economy a second time, despite a predicted second wave of the CCP Virus.
“People say that [second wave] is a very distinct possibility” he told Fox News from the Ford Michigan assembly plant in Detroit. “We are going put out the fires, we are not going to close the country.”
This is not the first time the president gave generously from his own pocket. He previously donated $100,000 to each of the following departments—Homeland Security, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs fight the opioid drug crisis.
Misusing and becoming addicted to prescription pain relievers, heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids affects public health, and social and economic welfare according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse website.
The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 128 Americans die after overdosing on opioids everyday.