Trump to Donate Part of Salary to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Trump to Donate Part of Salary to Fight Opioid Epidemic”

The White House on Thursday said President Trump is donating his quarterly paycheck to the Health and Human Services Department to help combat an opioids crisis that is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year.

Acting Health Secretary Eric Hargan on Thursday accepted a check from the president in the amount of $100,000. His first-quarter salary went to the National Park Service, and his second-quarter salary was given to the Department of Education.

"We are so pleased that President Trump has chosen to donate his salary this quarter to the planning and design of a large-scale public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction", he added.

Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency in October, a move that freed states to allocate more federal health-care dollars to fighting and treating the epidemic.

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Roughly one month ago, CBS News asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders how much funding the White House would officially request in order to address to the opioid crisis.

Hargan says 175 people die every day from drug overdose.

Like both Barack Obama and George W. Bush before him, Trump makes an annual salary of $400,000, meaning that his donation to HHS was around $100,000.

Taxpayers can write off such donations, potentially lowering their income taxes.

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