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Trump To Donate $1 Million To Hurricane Harvey Efforts

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President Donald Trump will donate $1 million out of his own pocket to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey, the White House announced on Aug. 31.

"[The president] would like to join in the efforts that a lot of people we have seen across the country do," press secretary Sarah Sanders told a group of journalists at the White House, according to CNN.

Sanders went on to add Trump will "pledge, proudly, $1 million of his own personal money to help the people of both Texas and Louisiana," reports ABC News.

Sanders was not positive whether the money would technically come from his own account or from that of the Trump Organization.

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The announcement comes after Trump's team urged supporters on Aug. 29 to donate to charities working to help those affected by the south Texas storms. At the time, Sanders was unable to confirm whether the president had donated any money of his own.

On Aug. 31, Sanders stated the president still had not figured out which organization or organizations would receive the charitable donation, notes CNN.

"He actually asked that I check with the folks in this room since you are very good at research and have been doing a lot of reporting into the groups and organizations that are best and most effective in helping and providing aid, and he'd like some suggestions from the folks here and I'd be happy to take those," Sanders added, according to CNN.

In March, former press secretary Sean Spicer also allowed reporters to make suggestions regarding Trump's public pledge to donate his $400,000 annual presidential salary, notes ABC News. 

The president ended up splitting his salary between the National Park Service and U.S. Department of Education for the first half of the year.

"Texas & Louisiana: We are w/ you today, we are w/ you tomorrow, & we will be w/ you EVERY SINGLE DAY AFTER, to restore, recover, & REBUILD!" the president said in a statement posted to his Twitter page on Aug. 30, after visiting victims affected by the hurricane.

While in Texas, the president called the storm "historic" and "epic," adding that "nobody's ever seen this much water," according to CNN.

"Probably there's never been anything so expensive in our country's history," Trump said at a subterranean command center in Austin during the visit. "There's never been anything so historic in terms of damage and in terms of ferocity as -- as what we've witnessed with Harvey."

Sources: CNN (2), ABC, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Featured Image: Shealah Craighead/The White House / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia CommonsMarc Nozell/Flickr

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