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Many of you know President Trump famously declined taking his $400,000 Presidential salary.
The man is literally working for free.
But since they wouldn’t let him actually refuse the payment, he is instead donating it to different charities each quarter.
What a wonderful gesture!
Many of you also know President Trump had an older brother who passed away much too young due to his struggles with alcoholism.
President Trump has been very vocal about this family story, and he credits it as one of the reasons he’s never had a drop of alcohol.
So it came as no surprise that he’s now decided to donate his most recent Presidential Salary check for the prior quarter to honor his brother’s memory and fight alcoholism.
Take a look:
Here are more details, from Fox News:
In 2016, when he was still a candidate, Trump pledged not to accept the $400,000 annual presidential salary, saying he would donate it to various federal departments and agencies.
Previously, Trump has given to the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, as well as others, The Associated Press reported.
The president's older brother, Fred Jr., died in 1981 at age 43 after struggling with alcohol-related problems.
Trump has said his brother’s alcoholism and death deterred the president from drinking or smoking.
"I had a brother, Fred – great guy, best-looking guy, best personality, much better than mine,” Trump said in 2017 during a speech about the opioid epidemic. "But he had a problem, he had a problem with alcohol and he would tell me 'don't drink, don't drink.”
And from the USA Today:
President Donald Trump has donated his salary from the third-quarter of 2018 to the federal agency that researches alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.
The White House says Trump donated $100,000 to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Alcoholism is a personal issue for the president. His older brother, Fred Jr., died in 1981 after struggling with alcoholism, and the president has said he learned from his brother's experience.
Trump pledged as a candidate in 2016 to not accept the $400,000 annual presidential salary he would be due if elected.
By law, he must be paid so Trump has donated the quarterly payments to various federal departments and agencies. The departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, among others, have accepted Trump's donations.
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