Trump donates $100,000 of his salary to Surgeon General
To fund an upcoming public health advisory, Donald Trump wrote a check to donate is 2019 second quarter salary to the office of the Surgeon General. The check is Trump's third check that he's donated to the Department of Health and Human Services.
The White House put out a brief statement following the donation:
"The President recognizes the important mission of the Surgeon General to protect and improve the health of all Americans, including helping to tackle the opioid epidemic and raise awareness of the dangers of e-cigarette usage among teenagers and children."
HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley was very gracious and thankful for the donation.
"His decision to donate his salary is a tribute to his compassion, to his patriotism, and to his sense of duty to the American people. He has a sincere interest in public health issues to which HHS is going to devote his donation."
When Trump ran ran for office in 2016, he pledged that he wouldn't accept his $400,000 annual presidential salary, should he be elected. Since Trump is required be paid under law, he has been donating the payments to different ares of the federal government.
Trump has also donated to organizations that hit closer to home, as well, donating January's salary to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for research. Trump has often said he does not drink alcohol because of his brother, Fred Trump Jr., who died of issues stemming from alcohol.
Here is a list of the other agencies Trump has donated to in the quarters since he became president, according to USA Today:
Q1: National Park Service
Q2: Department of Education
Q3: Department of Health and Human Services
Q4: Department of Transportation
Q1: Veteran's Administration
Q2: Small Business Administration
Q3: National Institutes of Health
Q4: Department of Homeland Security2019
Q1: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Q2: HHS/Office of the Surgeon General