Trump donating salary to HHS coronavirus efforts05/22/2020
White House: Trump donated his salary to HHS
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said President Trump donated his salary to the Department of Health and Human Services to honor those who died from coronavirus.
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President Trump will donate his salary from the first quarter of the year to efforts to develop new coronavirus therapies.
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Trump’s plan to donate $100,000 of his annual $400,000 salary to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for its work on COVID-19 during a White House press briefing Friday.
McEnany made the announcement shortly after Trump said houses of worship are “essential” and should reopen from pandemic shutdowns this weekend.
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Trump, who was already wealthy from his business dealings before he was elected president, has opted to forego a salary during his administration and has instead donated it to various causes.
This will mark the second quarter that Trump has put the money toward efforts to overcome the coronavirus. In March, then-Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Trump was donating his salary from the final quarter of 2019 to HHS, also for the department’s work on COVID-19.