In the post on Tuesday, March 2, Grisham wrote that Trump “made a commitment to donate his salary while in office.” She further stated that the act was a way to further honor his promise to the American people to protect them.
Grisham wrote that the donation will be coming from the pay he received in the last quarter of 2019, according to the tweet. The money will be going to the Department of Health and Human Services in order “to support the efforts being undertaken to confront, contain, and combat Coronavirus.”
Trump was paid around $400,000 in 2019, and according to the image included in the tweet from the press secretary of the White House, Trump had signed off on a check for $100,000.
President @realDonaldTrump made a commitment to donate his salary while in office. Honoring that promise and to further protect the American people, he is donating his 2019 Q4 salary to @HHSGov to support the efforts being undertaken to confront, contain, and combat #Coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/R6KUQmBRl1
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 3, 2020
Throughout his time in office, Trump has donated his quarterly presidential wage to various causes and government offices, such as U.S. Homeland Security, Transportation and Veteran Affairs, as well as to several agencies trying to fight the high amount of opined crisis. Grisham stated that in his time as president, he had donated well over $1 million, according to a tweet back in November.
Over the course of his Presidency, @realDonaldTrump has donated over $1 million—his entire salary while in office—to various programs and agencies.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) November 26, 2019
Several of the other agencies that Trump had donated his salary to were the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Education, the Small Business Administration, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Grisham added.
The Hill reported that the Trump administration submitted a supplemental funding request for $2.5 billion as additional money to combat the coronavirus, but House Democrats said the amount is insufficient. The news outlet cited an anonymous source saying that the final funds to combat the coronavirus would likely be between $6 billion and $8 billion, although there would be a vote on the amount allotted.
Also in November, a White House official announced that Trump would be donating his third-quarter salary in order to battle the opioid epidemic. $100,000, would be paid to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health.
According to the White House, the funds donated would be used to “continue the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis.”