I don't want a President to donate to victims of disaster. I want a President to fund the government sufficiently so they don't have to.
— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) September 1, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "Trump is having trouble figuring out how to donate the money."
We get it, Trump – Charity is a foreign concept. https://t.co/KuSYsPImCi
— J. Dice ?? (@jdice03) September 5, 2017
…the more he shows his arse. Back when Trump was just another NYC real estate developer, he could make noisy promises of generosity — even muscle his way into a ceremony intended to honor actual donors to a nursery for children with AIDS — and never have to spend a dime of his own ill-gotten loot.
But now that he’s “President”? The Hounds of Media Hell are forever all up in his business, led by the Washington Post‘s fearless David Fahrenthold. Note the extremely legalistic wording —“Trump announces recipients for his $1 million donation for Hurricane Harvey relief”:
President Trump gave $1 million of his own money to charities helping the Houston area recover from Hurricane Harvey, splitting the gift among 12 nonprofits, the White House announced Wednesday.
The gift had been promised late last week. In a statement, the White House said that Trump and first lady Melania Trump had witnessed some of these charities at work firsthand during their two visits to areas of Texas hit by the hurricane, which was the biggest rainstorm recorded in the history of the continental United States.
The White House said other recipients were “recommended, at the invitation of the President, by members of the White House Press Corps,” the White House statement said.
The two biggest individual gifts were given to large, mainstream charities: the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army would get $300,000 each, the White House said.
The next-largest gifts went to charities associated with Christian ministries.
The White House said Trump would give $100,000 to Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian aid agency run by Franklin Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham. Franklin Graham has been a key political supporter of Trump’s…
It was not immediately clear, from the White House’s statement whether the charities had received the donations or whether the checks would arrive in the coming days.
Before last summer, Trump had a long record of making pledges to give his personal money to charity but an uneven record of fulfilling them…
Since I can’t have my first wish — that Trump disappear from public purview and is never heard of again, except by the unfortunates who have to guard his cell and/or share his golf outings — I will enjoy every single second as Trump gets prodded to put his money where his mouth is. Solely for (my) entertainment purposes, some timeline-via-tweets below the fold..