Earlier this week, the White House announced that President Donald Trump will donate his second-quarter salary to the Department of Education. The money will reportedly be given to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the current White House Press Secretary, made the announcement at a press briefing that took place earlier this week. “It’s that time again, as many of you have probably noticed…for us to announce where the president will be donating his quarterly salary,” stated Sanders, noting, “this quarter the president will be donating his salary to the Department of Education.” In total, they’re expected to receive $100,000.
Following the announcement, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, gave a speech praising President Trump for his generosity and commitment to school choice. Specifically, she said, “I want to start by saying how grateful I am to the President for this generous gift. The President has truly shown his commitment to our nation’s students and to reforming education in America so that every child, no matter their ZIP code, has access to a high-quality education.”
To underscore her point, she referenced the countless discussions she has had with Trump since taking office. “He and I have had many conversations about how best to put students’ needs first and to ensure we are setting them up for a lifetime of success. There is much work to be done, but we are certainly on the right track thanks to the President’s leadership,” explained DeVos.
She then spoke about what she planned on doing with the money. “Today’s and tomorrow’s economy requires engaged students, boys and girls, are prepared for STEM careers,” explained Devos. “That’s why we have decided to use the President’s 2nd quarter salary to host a STEM-focused camp for students at the Department of Education. We want to encourage as many children as possible to explore STEM fields in the hope that many develop a passion for these fields,” she reasoned.
“Just yesterday, Ivanka Trump and I hosted a summer reading event at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History where the focus was on getting young girls, ages 6-10, excited about learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” she added, noting, “it was fun to see their eyes light up as they got to explore, create and experiment in a collaborative environment.”
Trump’s donation to the Department of Education was part of a larger promise he made back in 2016 while running for office. Throughout the campaign, he repeatedly promised voters that he would not take a salary. But since the Constitution mandates that the President be paid, upon taking office, he promised to donate all of the money to different organizations rather than keep it for himself.
So far, he’s lived up to that promise. Last quarter, he did the same thing, donating nearly $80,000 to the National Parks Service (NPS). Much like the second quarter, the gift was announced during a White House press briefing. Specifically, Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary at the time, told reporters, “the president has spoken with counsel and made the decision to make his first-quarter salary in total to a government entity. He has chosen this quarter to donate it to the National Park Service.”
Spicer then turned to Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior, and handed him the check for the NPS. After accepting the money, Zinke mentioned that he planned on using the money to help maintain some of our country’s historic battlefields. “We’re going to dedicate it and put it against the infrastructure of our nation’s battlefields. We’re about $229 million behind in deferred maintenance on our battlefields alone,” he explained.
“These historic places tell the story of conflicts that helped shape our country’s history, and they also honor the many men and women who have given their lives in service of this great nation,” continued Zinke, noting, “I’m honored to help the president carry out his love and appreciation for our warriors and land.”
Hopefully, President Trump upholds his promise to the American people and continues donating his money. Doing so will result in praise from liberals and conservatives alike.