If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.~ Warren Buffett
Donald Trump and his sons want you to know he has pledged $1 million to victims of this week’s storm. They want main stream media to put it out there. It is out there.
To ensure the press got the message Trump wants spread, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Thursday: “President Trump is calling on reporters to help decide which specific organization he should give to.” That is subtle.
Also out there: According to Forbes, over the past decade, Eric Trump’s own charity, the proceeds of which go to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital’s cancer research, has paid Trump organization more than $1.2 million ~from the charity’s funds~ for the annual one-day use of their golf course. Quiet altruism at work?
Whether Trump actually donates what he pledges remains to be seen. He pledged the same amount after hurricane Sandy in 2014, but there is no record of payment… because he never paid. His track record is not good even for his own fund raising efforts.
Trump’s offer of $1 million dollars follows offers by a list of stars. Leonardo Dicaprio and the Kardashians have also pledged to donate. Sandra Bullock has been quietly donating $1 million every time there’s a disaster.
Trump wants recognition for his donation pledge, but he wants to quietly cut $1 billion from FEMA’s disaster relief budget before the next major hurricane hits… so he can use that money to build his wall.
I’d like to point out that $1 million for this man, who is “so smart” because he does not pay taxes, is a drop in the bucket when compared to what he has drained from tax payer coffers. To date at least $63,638,616. has been spent for his recreational travel.
Additionally, when Donald goes to Mar-A-Lago, or when Milania stays in New York Trump Tower, the secret service pays Trump organization a pricey rent for their accommodations, as they do when he visits any of his properties.
The secret service has already spent it’s budget for the year, but perhaps if Trump wasn’t profiting from their protection they’d be fine.
According to a Government Accountability office report, a single trip to Mar-a-Lago costs taxpayers approximately $3.6 million. One night protecting Milania in New York is $1 million.
The following information is found on the website: trumpgolfcount.com
- Trump has spent 25 days at Mar a Lago since his inauguration.
- Cost of flights to Mar a Lago (7 so far):* ~$14,392,000
- Trump has spent 25 days at Bedminster.
- Cost of flights to Bedminster (8 so far):* ~$5,911,000
- Trump has visited his clubs once every 4 days since his inauguration.
- Projected visits to golf clubs in four years: 352
Total times Obama golfed during his eight year Presidency: 306
I realize I am being critical, but that’s because there is so much to criticize. Donald Trump wants positive attention, and he needs a boost in his approval ratings. It doesn’t cost a dime to pledge a donation for any amount.
Incidentally, the mayor of Houston saying that Donald Trump isn’t returning his calls.