Before taking office, President Trump said he would not take any money for the job, and would instead donate his salary.
In the first quarter of 2017, the first donation was made to the National Park Service. The superintendent at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland said her park was given the money and will use it to repair a historic house and fences.
The next quarter, the White House announced that Trump had donated his $100,000 paycheck to the Education Department. “The funds will be used to host a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-focused camp for students,” a news release said at the time.
In the fall, the White House announced that the president’s third-quarter donation would go to the Department of Health and Human Services. An official at that department said the donation would be for “a large-scale public-awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.”
In the last quarter, President Trump donated his $100,000 presidential salary to the Department of Transportation, to help fund a new grant program for repairing or building infrastructure. In this case, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Tuesday’s gift would go to a new grant program called Infrastructure for Building America. The program is intended to give high priority to state and local governments that have raised their own funds before asking for federal help.