(Newswire.net — September 4, 2017) –US President Donald Trump is joining celebrities who have pledged $1M of their own money to help victims of the historic hurricane.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Sandra Bullock also have pledged $1M of their own money to help to storm victims.
“I had a chance to speak directly with the president earlier and I’m happy to tell you that he would like to join in the efforts of a lot of the people that we’ve seen across the country,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
She added that Donald Trump had not yet decided which relief organization to donate money to.
He would ask the White House press corps in helping him to decide, since journalists are very good at researching and have been doing a lot of reporting into the groups and organizations that are best and most effective in helping, explained Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but she doesn’t know how to answer the question if Trump’s money would come from the Trump Foundation or the Trump Organization?
”He said he is personally going to give. I don’t know the legal part of that exactly…. He said his personal money”, Sanders responded to the media.
Last Tuesday President Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited Texas to survey the ongoing devastation from Hurricane Harvey, and he promised to help and support “in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action.”
“What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the state,” said President Trump while adding: “Probably there’s never been anything so expensive in our country’s history.”
On August 25th, Harvey made landslide near Corpus Christi, Texas, as a category 4 storm with 130mph winds. It has also set a new US record for rainfall – more than 40in (100cm) of rain was recorded in some parts of Houston and Cedar Bayou, near Mont Belvieu, 33 miles east of Houston hitting 51.88in (132 cm) as of 3:30 pm on Tuesday.
It caused catastrophic flooding, forcing a large number of people to evacuate. The total damage and losses are estimated at $ 42 billion, making it one of the five most expensive storms in U.S. history.