President Donald Trump in an effort to do anything he can to defeat the coronavirus that is currently plaguing not only the country, but the entire world, donated his entire $100,000 personal quarterly salary to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the coronavirus.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted: “President @realDonaldTrump made a commitment to donate his salary while in office. Honoring that promise and to further protect the American people, he is donating his 2019 Q4 salary to @HHSGov to support the efforts being undertaken to confront, contain, and combat #Coronavirus.”
Eric Trump also tweeted a copy of the check from Trump addressed to HHS, writing, “Since this will never get reported by the media, I wanted to share a copy of this check. @realDonaldTrump is once again donating his salary back to the United States Government — This quarter, it will be donated to @HHSGov to confront, contain, and combat #Coronavirus.”
Trump promised while campaigning for office that he would donate his salary every year that he was president and has followed through on his promise.
Trump’s donation of $100,000 to fight the coronavirus will make it even harder for his critics to keep pushing the debunked claim that he called the coronavirus a “hoax.”
The coronavirus has infected more than 90,000 people and killed well over 3,100 people worldwide, with most of the cases coming from China, where the virus originated.
Last week the White House asked Congress for $2.5 billion in supplemental spending to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The request included $1.25 billion in new money, with the rest coming from unspent funds.
The measure would help the federal government, as well as state and local agencies, potentially prepare to respond to an outbreak and allocate cash for vaccine development, a senior administration official told Fox Business.
The Department of Health and Human Services has already tapped into an emergency infectious disease response fund and has been attempting to transfer more than $130 million from other HHS accounts.
The funding would reimburse the Pentagon, which has been housing evacuees from China for their 14-day quarantine at several military bases in California.
The U.S. so far has suffered nine fatalities and 118 confirmed cases.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been accused of stalling a crucial bill designed to deal with the coronavirus in order to further her political agenda. Speaking on Fox News with host Laura Ingraham, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy called Pelosi out.
McCarthy stated, “Look at how much politics they want to play. The dirty little secret; we have a coronavirus; we have government funding that we need to fund this. You know what Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker, did? She withheld the bill last week. You know why? So the D-triple C (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House of Representatives) could run ads against seven Republicans.”
Ingraham asked, “How many people ran ads on the coronavirus, fundraising appeals?”
McCarthy answered, “I don’t know how many ran, but they actually took the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, spent money; went into these seven Republican seats to campaign against them about the coronavirus when she’s the Speaker of the House. Instead of putting America first she put her politics first and held the bill from coming to the floor.”
Ingraham pointed out, “But she said last week that this is a time for the parties to come together, Congressman.”
McCarthy stated, “She is politics all the time. That’s exactly what she did from the power of the House. And think of this: all those Democrats had an opportunity last week to denounce what Bernie (Sanders) said about Cuba? Not one of them voted against what he said.”
The political agenda getting in the way of stopping the coronavirus bothered Stephen Morrison, the senior vice president and director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center For Strategic and International Studies, who warned, “Whenever these outbreaks happen in the middle of a political season, [emergency funding] gets delayed. People are going to have to be very, very cautious and careful in trying to protect this response from getting stuck in toxic politics.”
National Review reported on Tuesday, “Congress is close to reaching a bipartisan deal on coronavirus funding, with negotiators for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell close to a $7–$8 billion package. ‘We worked through the weekend on the appropriations measure. Hopefully we can all reach a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on that soon,’ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.”