President Donald Trump on Friday, Aug. 14, announced that he is donating his quarterly salary to the National Park Service for the restoration of “our GREAT National Monuments.”
“I promised YOU I would not take a dime of salary as your President. I donate the entire $400,000!” the president tweeted with an image of the $100,000 check donated to the National Park Service.
“It is my honor to give $100,000 to the National Park Service to help repair and restore our GREAT National Monuments. So important to our American History! Thank You!!” he added.
I promised YOU I would not take a dime of salary as your President. I donate the entire $400,000! It is my honor to give $100,000 to @NatlParkService to help repair and restore our GREAT National Monuments. So important to our American History! Thank You!! pic.twitter.com/4ETkUZ9yUf
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2020
Since taking office, President Trump, who is paid $400,000 annually, has directed his salary to a different agency facing an urgent problem.
Previous donations have gone to the Office of the Surgeon General to help fight the opioid epidemic, to the Department of Homeland Security to help build a wall on the southern border, and to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to help combat alcoholism. His salary for the last quarter was donated to the Department of Health and Human Services to help fight the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic.
President Trump has repeatedly condemned the vandalization and toppling of historic statues during protests sparked by the death George Floyd in May. During a speech at Mount Rushmore, the president said he would establish a “National Garden of American Heroes,” which he described as “a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans who ever lived.”
“We will raise the next generation of American patriots,” he said at Mount Rushmore. “We will write the next thrilling chapter of the American adventure. And we will teach our children to know that they live in a land of legends, that nothing can stop them, and that no one can hold them down.”
Earlier this month, President Trump signed a landmark national parks bill, which will pay for repairs to the National Park System, permanently finance the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and create thousands of jobs, Fox News reported.
“We are proving that we can protect [our] treasured environment without bludgeoning our workers and crushing our businesses,” the president said. “This is record-setting stuff.”