By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) President Donald Trump will donate his second-quarter salary to the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General to help fund efforts to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic.
The administration confirmed the donation on Friday.
President Trump has a sincere interest in #publichealth issues to which @HHSGov is going to devote his Q2 Salary donation. Thank you @POTUS for your leadership and for your generosity which will support an upcoming advisory from our @Surgeon_General @HHS_ASH.
— Secretary Alex Azar (@SecAzar) August 16, 2019
The donation of $100,000 is a portion of the president’s annual $400,000 salary. The Surgeon General’s office falls under Health and Human Services.
The president has not taken a dime’s worth of salary since taking office, as he promised during his 2016 campaign. He has instead donated it to various government agencies to advance policies and to assist in funding various initiatives.
Grateful to @POTUS for dedicating part of his salary to support #PublicHealth. My office will put these resources to good use to raise awareness about an important issue impacting our communities. Stay tuned! https://t.co/xma9LpljbW
— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) August 16, 2019
The news was first reported by USA Today, and the White House told the publication that it is intended to help fight the opioid epidemic and to raise awareness of the dangers of e-cigarette use among teens and children.
The money will reportedly be put toward funding for an unspecified upcoming public health advisory.
In the first quarter, Trump donated his salary to the Department of Homeland Security.
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