I was gratified to learn that President Trump made good on his promise to donate $1 million of his personal funds to charities helping with relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. We, Americans, are some of the most generous people on the planet, and it was good to see the President put his money where his mouth was.
For a change.
Unfortunately, President Trump’s and his various supporter organizations’ record in that arena has been spotty.
Early in the Republican presidential primaries last year, the real estate mogul vowed to give $1 million of his personal fortune to veterans’ charities, plus an additional $5 million he said he had raised during a fundraiser in Iowa ahead of the state’s caucuses.
But it was revealed months later that Trump had not made good on that pledge, and only donated $1 million to the causes after facing pressure from media.
Business Insider just a week or so ago reported that leftover funds Trump’s inaugural committee promised to give to charity after having raised a massive $107 million for the inaugural ceremony has still not been donated to charity, even though some of that money has been used for decorating purposes in the White House and the Naval Observatory (the Vice President’s residence).
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