The White House announced on Friday that President Donald Trump has chosen the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General for his second quarter salary donation. $100,000 of Trump’s $400,000 yearly salary will bring a budget windfall to the office, which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services.
The money is expected to be used to fight the nationwide opioid crisis and also to raise awareness among teens and children that e-cigarette use can be a lot more dangerous than the manufacturers are claiming. The funds are reportedly going toward an unspecified upcoming public health advisory, but no matter what it is used for, it’s a huge chunk of money lifted from the shoulders of the taxpayers.
The administration announced in a statement, “the President recognizes the important mission of the Surgeon General to protect and improve the health of all Americans, including helping to tackle the opioid epidemic and raise awareness of the dangers of e-cigarette usage among teenagers and children.” Jerome Adams, M.D. is currently serving in the position.
As a candidate, Donald Trump pledged not to accept any of his salary as president if he were elected. Because the law won’t allow him to simply work for free, the President has made a targeted donation each quarter to a part of the government that he thinks could benefit from a helping hand. In this year’s first quarter, the Department of Homeland Security got the President’s paycheck.
Caitlin Oakley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, was thrilled by the donation, praising President Trump for his compassion. The president’s decision, she declares, is “a tribute to his compassion, to his patriotism, and to his sense of duty to the American people. He has a sincere interest in public health issues to which HHS is going to devote his donation.”
His first year in office, Trump donated to the National Park Service, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Transportation. Last year, Trump’s salary went to the Veteran’s Administration, the Small Business Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Homeland Security. Trump posted a tweet noting how great it makes him feel to be able to help our nation. “I donate 100% of my President’s salary, $400,000, back to our country, and feel very good about it!”
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
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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
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