White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Thursday that President Trump will personally be donating $1 million to Harvey relief efforts.
Tony Schwartz, co-author of Trump’s ‘The Art of the Deal,’ thinks that isn’t going to happen.
“No way Trump donates $1m of own money to Hurricane Harvey victims," Schwartz tweeted on Friday. ’"He only promises to give. Never actually does.”
Trump tweets about Hurricane Harvey
Trump tweets about Hurricane Harvey
I have spoken w/ @GovAbbott of Texas and @LouisianaGov Edwards. Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey developments & here to assist as needed.
Received a #HurricaneHarvey briefing this morning from Acting @DHSgov Secretary Elaine Duke, @FEMA_Brock,… https://t.co/VGdeIdgLbO
I encourage everyone in the path of #HurricaneHarvey to heed the advice & orders of their local and state officials. https://t.co/N6uEWCZUrv
Just arrived at Camp David where I am closely watching the path and doings of Hurricane Harvey, as it strengthens to a Category 3. BE SAFE!
Just arrived at Camp David, where I am monitoring the path and doings of Hurricane Harvey (as it strengthens to a Class 3). 125 MPH winds!
Storm turned Hurricane is getting much bigger and more powerful than projected. Federal Government is on site and ready to respond. Be safe!
At the request of the Governor of Texas, I have signed the Disaster Proclamation, which unleashes the full force of government help!
You are doing a great job - the world is watching! Be safe. https://t.co/PJLdxy3hD9
.@ChuckGrassley - got your message loud and clear. We have fantastic people on the ground, got there long before #Harvey. So far, so good!
Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey from Camp David. We are leaving nothing to chance. City, State and Federal Govs. working great together!
Wonderful coordination between Federal, State and Local Governments in the Great State of Texas - TEAMWORK! Record setting rainfall.
Great coordination between agencies at all levels of government. Continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with. Thousands rescued.
Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground.
I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption. The focus must be life and safety.
Wow - Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!
Going to a Cabinet Meeting (tele-conference) at 11:00 A.M. on #Harvey. Even experts have said they've never seen one like this!
HISTORIC rainfall in Houston, and all over Texas. Floods are unprecedented, and more rain coming. Spirit of the people is incredible.Thanks!
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While Schwartz, who has been an outspoken critic of the president, didn’t specify his reasons behind the assertion, some reports have found inconsistencies in Trump’s charitable donations.
Newsweek notes that “Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold won a Pulitzer Prize for investigating Trump’s philanthropy…Ultimately, [the journalist] found $7.8 million in charitable giving from Trump’s personal accounts since the ’80s, even though he bragged about donating ‘tens of millions of dollars…to charitable causes.’”
However, Trump has kept his promise of donating his presidential salary so far; the amount from the first quarter was given to the National Park Service and the second quarter’s to the Department of Education.
The White House has not yet announced the organization that will receive Trump’s Harvey donation and Sanders asked reporters during Thursday’s press briefing if they had suggestions for potential recipients.