White House says Donald Trump will donate $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief 

  • Patrick McMahon, Rare.us
9:53 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 National/World News
U.S. President Donald Trump walks with first lady Melania Trump prior to their Marine One departure from the White House August 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump was traveling to Texas to observe the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Donald Trump will pledge $1 million of his own money toward Hurricane Harvey relief.

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He did not specify how or when. Sanders told members of the media that he would be soliciting recommendations on which groups should receive the funds, CNN reported.

“He actually asked that I check with the folks in this room since you are very good at research and have been doing a lot of reporting into the groups and organizations that are best and most effective in helping and providing aid, and he’d like some suggestions from the folks here and I’d be happy to take those,” she said Thursday.

The news came as Sanders announced Trump’s plans to return to Texas and Louisiana to see more storm-damaged locations, though she said specific locations had not been finalized.

It’s unclear whether Trump’s donation will take effect immediately. During last year’s campaign, Trump claimed to have raised $6 million for veterans groups in January 2016, but only after six months and a Washington Post investigation did the checks arrive in charities’ mailboxes, according to the Associated Press.

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