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President Trump donates $100k quarterly salary to DHS

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, addresses his remarks at the Pentagon Thursday, January 17, 2019, announcing the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Review. (Tia Dufour/White House)
March 21, 2019

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced that he donated his quarterly $100,000 paycheck to the Department of Homeland Security.

The President tweeted, “While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security.  If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA.”

Included with the tweet was a picture of the check dated for March 12 and payable to the Department of Homeland Security.

The photo captured the President’s signature on the check that used his Trump Tower address on New York City’s Fifth Avenue.

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In January, Trump donated his 2018 third quarter salary to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in honor of his brother Fred Trump Jr., who died after a battle with alcoholism at the age of 43, according to Fortune.

In 2017, Trump’s paychecks went to the National Park Service, the Education Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Transportation.

The first two checks from 2018 went to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Small Business Administration.

While Trump was on the campaign trail as a presidential candidate in 2016, he announced that he would not take his $400,000 annual salary. However, refusing the salary is not allowed by law so he instead he donates it to various national-level agencies and departments.

Before the President can make his donation, it must be approved by Congress or the monies must go into a general fund for the Department of Treasury.

It is not known which sector of Homeland Security will benefit from Trump’s most recent donation.

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The department is comprised of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).