Trump Donates Salary to HHS to Combat Opioid Crisis

By Melanie Arter | November 30, 2017 | 8:06 PM EST

Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan (Screenshot of White House video)

( - President Donald Trump on Thursday donated his third quarter salary to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The president encouraged people this week to participate in Giving Tuesday by donating to worthy causes. “The president is leading by example on this,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.


“As you're aware, he donates his full presidential salary on a quarterly basis. He donated his first-quarter salary to fund restoration projects at the [Antietam] National Battlefield. In the second quarter, he donated his salary to the Department of Education so they could host science, technology, engineering, and math camps for children,” Sanders said.

Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan said Trump’s “decision to donate his salary is a tribute to his compassion, to his patriotism, and a sense of duty to the American people, but it's his compassion, above all, that drives his interest in the issue to which HHS is going to devote his donation: America's devastating opioid crisis.”

“Since day one of this administration, President Trump's leadership on this issue has driven action on it across the federal government. Speaking for HHS in particular, earlier this year, we unveiled a comprehensive strategy that attacks the opioid epidemic on five fronts,” Hargan said.

“The five points are: better data on the epidemic; better research into pain and addiction; better pain management; better targeting of overdose-reversing drugs; and better prevention, treatment, and recovery services,” he said.

“This strategy devotes HHS's unique resources and expertise to empowering heroes on the frontlines of this crisis.  Because after all, it's our local partners in community clinics, churches, law enforcement, schools, and state, local, and tribal governments who ultimately are going to turn the tide on this epidemic.  They are fighting each day, face to face, with a drug crisis that is killing more than 175 Americans every day,” Hargan said.                    

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