President Donald Trump donated his third-quarter salary to a worthy cause.
Fox News reported that the president will give his salary to the Department of Health and Human Services to help battle the nation’s opioid epidemic.
“His decision to donate his salary is a tribute to his compassion, to his patriotism and his sense of duty to the American people,” acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan announced at the White House on Thursday, according to Fox.
The secretary said that the department is proud to be working with the president on this endeavor.
“At HHS, our goal is to create healthier lives, stronger communities and a safer country. And we’re glad to have a president who recognizes that the opioid crisis is a huge threat to all three of these goals,” he said.
Hargan said the money would be used in part to plan and design a large-scale public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
Trump’s donation shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. U.S. presidents are paid $400,000 a year on a monthly basis, according Business Insider. Trump donated his salary from the first two quarters of the year to federal departments as well.
Fighting the nation’s opioid crisis was one of Trump’s key initiatives.
In October, the president declared the nation’s opioid epidemic a public health emergency.
CNBC reported that Trump called the crisis a “national shame and a human tragedy.” He vowed to crack down on illegal imports of heroin and the drug fentanyl.
Trump also committed to using national campaigns aimed at educating young people about the dangers of addiction.
Declaring opiod addiction an emergency frees up public health emergency funds at HHS to fight the scourge, and allows states more flexibility in how they use federal money toward treatment and prevention of addiction.
The nationwide epidemic is real and needs to be addressed.
In November, the White House published a report estimating the costs associated with opioid abuse at more than $500 billion in 2015 alone.
Trump donated his first-quarter salary to the National Park Service, and his second-quarter salary to the Department of Education.
Even with such donations, the mainstream media — and practically everyone on the left — still find reasons to despise the president.
Liberals love to spend government money. Donations from individuals — even if the individual is the president — aren’t part of their agenda.
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