President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania have decided to take $1 million of their own money and split it between 12 charities that have been helping with Hurricane Harvey relief.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

The largest recipients of the funds are the Salvation Army and Red Cross, each of which is set to get $300,000, according to the White House.

Several other recipients are faith-based organizations, including Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian organization, which will get $100,000, Catholic Charities, which will get $25,000, and Operation Blessing, founded by televangelist Pat Robertson, which will also get $25,000.

The couple will also donate money to the ASPCA and the Houston Humane Society. The rest of the money will go to Reach Out America, Direct Relief, Habitat for Humanity, Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies, and Team Rubicon.

On August 31, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced during the press briefing that the president wanted to become personally involved in relief efforts and donate $1 million of his own money.

Of course left wing groups jumped on the opportunity to paint Trump as a bad guy, raising doubts that Trump would actually do this or if the money would instead come from the Trump Foundation.

Trumps Travel to Texas

The Trumps first traveled to Texas after Harvey dissipated, but stuck to Austin and Corpus Christi instead of Houston because he did not want to disrupt the cleanup in the country’s fourth largest city.

They returned last Saturday to meet with evacuees and rescuers in Houston. Trump shed his tough guy act and became more personal with everyone as they handed out meals to those who sought shelter at NRG Stadium. From ABC News:

During the stadium visit, the president at one point chatted with members of the press, and spoke optimistically about the recovery effort and what he’s seen, saying “things are working out well,” and that the recovery effort has been a “beautiful thing” for the country.

“They were just happy, we saw a lot of happiness,” the president said of his interactions with storm victims. “It’s been really nice, it’s been a wonderful thing… as tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing I think even for the country to watch and the world to watch, it’s been beautiful.”

As Trump walked around the center, he stopped to chat with victims and volunteers, posing for selfies and flashing his signature thumbs up for the cameras. The first area that the president visited seemed to be a play area for children. At one point, a young child ran up to the president and gave him a hug. A few other kids joined in, and the president lifted one up in his arms for a moment.

The Trumps visited First Church in Pearland, TX, just outside of Houston where they loaded trucks and vans with supplies.

Trump told the other volunteers that he likes “doing this.”


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