The White House has announced that President Trump will donate his third quarter salary to the fight against opioid addiction. The pay contribution, which totals some $100,000, will be paid to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health and has been allocated “to continue the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis,” according to a government official.
By law, Trump has to be paid while in office. However, acknowledging his vast personal wealth accumulated prior to entering the White House, he has pledged to give away his Presidential earnings to various government-mandated causes. According to the Associated Press, the President donated his second-quarter salary to the Surgeon General’s office.
The President and First Lady have taken an impassioned stance against opioid addiction, vowing to commit huge government resources to tackling the crisis, which claims tens of thousands of lives per year.
On Tuesday, Melania Trump delivered an address in partnership with The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and as part of the administration’s efforts to raise awareness of the drug crisis.
“Promoting education and awareness on these issues will always be one of my top priorities,” the First Lady told the crowd of highschoolers and middle schoolers assembled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “I am in this fight with you and I am fighting with you.”
Mrs. Trump added that “if we continue to work hand in hand, I know we will be able to achieve amazing things.
“We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Be safe, may God bless you, your families, and the United States of America,” she concluded.
Addressing some of the audible boos that could be heard as she came to speak, the First Lady later released a statement noting that “we live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinion.”
“We need to work together to educate our nation’s youth on a healthy and drug-free life,” she added on Twitter following the event. “Thank you for inviting me to join you today.”
I am proud of the DEA 360 Strategy and @WahlbergYouth @JWahlly for hosting B’More Youth Summits on Opioid Awareness across the country. We need to work together to educate our nation’s youth on a healthy and drug-free life.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 27, 2019
Thank you for inviting me to join you today! #BeBest pic.twitter.com/yvKd69KZi5
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