President Donald Trump is donating his third-quarter salary to help combat the nationwide opioid epidemic.
A White House official said on Nov. 26 that Trump has given the $100,000 he would be paid for the quarter to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health.
The office oversees federal public health offices and programs, including the surgeon generals office.
The White House said the funds are being earmarked “to continue the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis.”
Trump has made tackling the misuse of opioids an administration priority. More than 70,000 Americans died in 2017 from drug overdoses—192 a day—the bulk of them involving opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Trump has said his brother Fred Trumps experience with alcoholism has helped drive him to fight the opioid crisis.
“I had a brother, Fred. Great guy, best-looking guy, best personality, much better than mine,” Trump said during a speech in 2017. “But he had a problem. He had a problem with alcohol.” He said Fred would tell him, “Dont drink, dont drink,” and thus he has never had a drink.
The law requires that Trump be paid, but he has vowed to donate his salary to various causes.
Trump said in September he was donating his second-quarter salary to support U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adamss efforts to raise awareness of the harmful effects marijuana has on youth and pregnant women.
Trump donated $100,000 to the Department of Homeland Security in March, writing in a statement: “While the press doesnt 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 didnt do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!” he added.
In January, Trump donated his salary from the third quarter of 2018 to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
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