Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and the surrounding areas just before Hurricane Irma swept in and knocked out electricity in Florida, while displacing people and destroying homes. It's been a rough weather season, and many wealthy people have banded together to pledge money to various charities. Amongst them was President Donald Trump.
You will excuse the world for being a it skeptical that Trump would follow through on his offer of $1 million in Harvey Relief efforts. He hasn't exactly followed through on all his promises, nor is he known for honest dealings with money. But according to The Hill, Trump has followed through, a fact he gleefully tweeted about on Sunday:
Lots of people were asking for the receipts:
I'd like to see your tax returns next year to prove that you really did donate this money!— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) September 17, 2017
The Hill explained that the money has been split up amongst 12 different organizations in Texas, not donated as a lump sum, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the money was from Trump's personal fortune. Not all the orgs were willing to discuss the donation or its amount with reporters, but it seems like $100,000 here, and $100,000 there.
To not follow through on his promise to aid US citizens destroyed by a natural disaster would look really terrible, so it's good Trump followed through. It's also giving him a lot of free positive press and appealing to the members of his base who still want to see him as a hero. Now, if only the Trump administration wouldn't keep denying climate change, putting oil execs in cabinet positions and end their plan to leave the Paris Climate Accord. Then Trump's platitudes about caring for Houston would have some actual meaning, if you ask me.