President Donald Trump announced Monday, March 18, that he donated his first-quarter salary of 2019 to the Department of Homeland Security.
“While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
He added: “If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!”
While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security. If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA! pic.twitter.com/xqIGUOwh4x
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
Here is a list of the different agencies that have received Trump’s paychecks:
In January 2019, the president donated his $100,000 paycheck for the third quarter of 2018 to researching alcoholism, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
The president has prioritized an effort to prevent alcohol and drug addiction. “We must aggressively work to end this crisis, which endangers the safety, security, and well-being of all Americans,” Trump stated in a proclamation for National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, on Aug. 31, 2018.
In October 2018, Trump donated his 2018 second-quarter salary to the Small Business Administration.
Administrator Linda McMahon said in the press briefing: “This money is going to be used in our veterans program. We’re going to establish a seven-month intensive training program called Emerging Leaders. It’s an adaptation of that program for our veterans, helping them transition from military life into the private sector if they desire to start their own jobs and their own companies, and be entrepreneurs.”
In May 2018, President Trump donated his 2018 first-quarter salary to the Department of Veterans Affairs to support its caregiver programs.
Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie said: “President Trump understands the critical role of caregivers in meeting the essential needs of America’s veterans. So we have already earmarked this gift for caregiver support in the form of mental health and peer support programs, financial aid, education training, and research.”
In February 2018, Trump donated his fourth-quarter salary of 2017 to the Department of Transportation to support its programs to rebuild and modernize the crumbling infrastructure.
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said in the press briefing: “Infrastructure is the backbone of our economy, and it’s key to keeping our country competitive. The President’s proposal will create new jobs, strengthen our economy, and improve the quality of life for everyone.”
In November 2017, the president donated his third-quarter salary to help the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) combat the opioid epidemic.
Acting Secretary Eric Hargan from HHS spoke: “Part of the way we aim to stop this crisis is by raising awareness of how devastating and deadly drug addiction can be. That’s why we’re so pleased that President Trump has chosen to donate his salary this quarter to the planning and design of a large-scale public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.”
In May 2017, Trump donated his second-quarter salary to the Department of Education. “The funds will be used to host a science, technology, engineering, and math—STEM-focused camp for students.” White House stated.
In April 2017, the president donated his first-quarter salary to the National Park Service, which is preserving the country’s national security.Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he would use the money to help with long-deferred maintenance projects on the nation’s 25 battlefields.
President Trump promised voters in September 2015 that he would not take the annual salary of $400,000 if he was elected president of the United States.