White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced during Tuesday’s press briefing that President Donald Trump donated his fourth-quarter salary of $100,000 to the Department of Transportation.
“Today, the president’s proud to donate his fourth-quarter 2017 salary to the Department of Transportation to support their programs to rebuild and modernize our crumbling infrastructure,” Sanders said.
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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao accepted the donation on behalf of the department.
“Infrastructure is the backbone of our economy, and it’s key to keeping our country competitive,” Chao said. “The president’s proposal will create new jobs, strengthen our economy and improve the quality of life for everyone.”
The president’s donation — which will go into InfraGrant, a grant program that deals with funding critical infrastructure projects in states and localities — comes the day after he released his fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, which included a $1 trillion infrastructure program.
Trump has donated each of his quarterly paychecks since taking office to a federal agency. Previous donations have gone to the National Park Service, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services.
During the briefing, Chao also discussed energy expansion, broadband access, waste programs, the Highway Trust Fund and the federal gas tax.