The White House announced that President Donald Trump has pledged to donate 1 million dollars of his money to the Harvey Relief Funds.
The flood waters have started to recede in Houston, Texas, and the donation of President Donald Trump will be welcomed with all the other donations for the rebuilding process of the state.
President Trump came under fire during the 2016 presidential campaign for repeatedly announcing charitable donations but not following through.
Dubbed the “once in 500 years flood” by President Trump and which led him to issue a disaster declaration for Texas and neighboring Louisiana. He has deployed 8,000 officials throughout the flood zone.
A crisis which began last Friday, after Hurricane Harvey swept the area and has left a devasting effect on the state.
Speaking in Austin after his visit on Tuesday to Texas, President Trump had the following to say: “Nobody’s ever seen this much water. The wind was pretty horrific, in particular, but the water has never been seen like this, to this extent. And it’s, maybe someday going to disappear. We keep waiting.”
The President was unable to directly enter the affected flood zone areas citing difficulty in logistics and security concerns.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that President Donald Trump is donating $1million of own money to hurricane victims. Sanders did not state whether the funds would be taken from President Trump or his foundation.
According to Sanders; “He’ll pledge, proudly, $1 million of his own personal money to help the people of Texas and Louisiana.”
Following Sanders announcement, President Trump tweeted a photo of those who first responded and who were gathered in a prayer circle and he also thanked all of the first responders for their rescue efforts in Houston.
Written by Stacey Fowler
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