President Trump donates third-quarter paycheck to fight the opioid crisis

President Trump will donate his third-quarter presidential salary to the Department of Health and Human Services in efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

“His decision to donate his salary is a tribute to his compassion, to his patriotism and his sense of duty to the American people,” acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan announced Thursday.

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Hargan said the money will be going to the planning and design of a large-scale public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.

"HHS is proud to be working with the White House on this effort, and our team of public health experts brings a great deal of experience and expertise to the table regarding how to make these campaigns effective," Hargan continued. "At HHS, our goal is to create healthier lives, stronger communities, and a safer country. And we're glad to have a president who recognizes that the opioid crisis is a huge threat to all three of these goals."

SEE ALSO: President Trump to donate $1 million of own funds to Harvey relief

According to Politico, Trump has already pledged to donate his entire presidential salary of $400,000 while he serves in office. The president's first-quarter salary was donated to the National Park Service, and his the second quarter went to the Department of Education.

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