Trump Donates Entire First Quarter Salary to the National Park Service

By Melanie Arter | April 3, 2017 | 7:37pm EDT
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( - President Donald Trump has decided to donate his first quarter salary to the National Park Service, the White House announced on Monday.

“The president has spoken to counsel and made the decision to donate his first quarter salary in total to a government entity, and he has chosen this quarter to donate it to the National Park Service,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.


“The Park Service has cared for our parks since 1916, and the president is personally proud to contribute the first quarter of his salary to the important mission of the Park Service, which is preserving our country’s national security, so it is my pleasure on behalf of the United States to present a check for $78,333 to the secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Superintendent of the Harper’s Ferry Park Site Superintendent Brandyburg,” Spicer said.

The money will go specifically towards the infrastructure of the nation’s battlefields, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who attended the briefing.

”As a veteran myself, I am thrilled at the president’s decision to donate the check he did today. I did talk to the president last night, and he has decided as you know to donate his entire quarter of salary, and we’re going to dedicate it and put it against the infrastructure of on nation’s battlefields,” Zinke said.

“We’re about $100 or 229 million behind in deferred maintenance on our battlefields alone, and that’s on our 25 national battlefields and we’re excited about that opportunity,” he said.

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