One of the many promises Donald Trump made to the American people was that he wouldn’t accept a salary as president. After all, what’s $400,000 annually to a multi-billionaire? That’s pocket change to 45. Here’s where his third quarter cash will be donated…
President Donald Trump has donated his third-quarter presidential salary to the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to combat the opioid crisis, the department and the White House announced Thursday.
“His decision to donate his salary is a tribute to this compassion, to his patriotism and his sense of duty to the American people,” acting HHS secretary Eric Hargan said during the White House daily press briefing on Thursday.
Hargan praised the president’s efforts to “drive action” in the ongoing battle to grapple with the nation’s opioid epidemic, including his October decision to declare the crisis a national health emergency.
More on opioids, per New York Mag:
In 2016, 50,000 Americans lost their lives to the opioid epidemic, according to the federal government’s preliminary count. That’s more than the number of Americans killed in combat in Vietnam, or that died during the worst year of the AIDS crisis, or that die annually from car accidents or gun violence.
In response to this mass death, public-health advocates have implored the Trump administration to mount a more comprehensive effort to the opioid crisis. One of their proposals was for the president to appoint an opioid “czar” — an official with the time and expertise to coordinate the federal government’s response to the worst drug-overdose epidemic in American history.
The administration has decided to honor this request. In a gesture meant to convey just how seriously President Trump takes his responsibility to combat the opioid emergency, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Wednesday that Kellyanne Conway would be assuming duties consistent with those of an opioid czar.
President Trump is keeping his promises to Republican voters. For that, we can be thankful. Next on the list, building the wall!