Donald Trump promised early in his campaign that his government salary would be donated to charity, rather than be used to pad his already significant wealth.
While not an entirely unheard of gesture, the plan was heralded by many who saw a maneuver that was very much “on brand” for Trump, who has become a powerful man among the populists of America. When Trump announced that his salary would be going to the National Park Service, liberals were quickly stifled, as they had earlier blasted the President for cutting funding to that very department of government.
Today, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had the honor of announcing just where the hefty sum will wind up.
“On Wednesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that President Donald Trump’s first salary donation will be used to help preserve the Civil War battlefield at Antietam.
“’The president’s donation will allow generations of Americans to learn about our history and heritage on this sacred site,’ Zinke said.
“’As both the secretary of the interior and a military veteran, I’m deeply honored and humbled to deliver the donation to Antietam National Battlefield on behalf of President Trump,’ Zinke said. ‘Visiting the hallowed ground the day after Independence Day is incredibly moving and it underscores the importance of why we must preserve these historic grounds.’“The president’s $78,333 donation was increased to an even $100,000 when an ‘anonymous donor’ added $22,000 to the donation to round it up, according to the Interior Department. Additional donations from The Civil War Trust, the National Park Foundation, and Save Historic Antietam Foundation makes the total gift amount $263,545.”
The announcement has been heralded by many as a victory for Trump during a tumultuous period of infighting and media feuds.
The National Park Service is currently working through a massive backup of maintenance that could cost the department $12 billion to complete. While the President’s nominal donation will do good on a small scale, there is hope that his gift will inspire many more Americans to support their local NPS sites in a “pay it forward” type endeavor.
Furthermore, the donation and the media coverage surrounding it once again reiterates that the American Civil War is an important piece of our history that should remain at the forefront of a viable historical curriculum for future generations. In recent years, disturbing efforts by the nation’s liberal leaders to erase the history of the Civil War has left many young Americans with an unclear understanding of the war between the states, often believing that the war was fought over slavery.