h, Trump. He's already made a series of gaffes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, from exaggerating his account about witnessing the hurricane "firsthand" to spelling "healing" wrong in a tweet... for the third time.
But, despite the gaffes, things seemed to turn around on August 31 when he promised to donate $1 million from his personal fortune aid hurricane relief.
The details of when the money is arriving and where it's going to are still oddly vague though, which has people seriously concerned.
Our president has a bad habit of promising to donate money and never following through, so what's stopping him from going back on his promise now?
In her daily press briefing on Thursday, August 31, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that Trump would donate $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief.
“He would like to join in the efforts that a lot of the people that we’ve seen across this country do,” she said, “and he’s pledging $1 million of personal money to the fund, and he’s actually asked that I check with the folks in this room [reporters] 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.”
So now President Trump and the press are friends?
Trump supporters jumped to publicize this generous move from the President.
There’s no doubt that a $1 million donation of personal money is a positive thing.
Celebrities like Sandra Bullock, Kevin Hart, and Beyoncé have been stepping up to give money to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and it’s amazing to see.
But when Trump makes a promise of this magnitude, it's much bigger news.
Trump supporters kept “daring people to spin” the story of Trump’s generosity.
But as we know, Trump doesn’t always follow through on his promises.
Twitter did some fact-checking.
Many were quick to post tweets like this, saying we’ve got to be vigilant in making sure Trump actually makes the donation.
This isn’t spin — this is concern for the truth.
But why wouldn't Trump stay true to his word?
He wouldn’t pledge to donate a million dollars and then just not do it, would he?