Trump Donates First Presidential Paycheck of 78K to Preserve Antietam Battlefield

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President Donald Trump donated his entire first-quarter White House salary of $78,333.32 to fund restoration projects at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday.

The money will restore an historic house on the battlefield and help replace fencing at the national park, which preserves and commemorates the site of the bloodiest day of the Civil War, the Washington Times reported.

"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. "The president's donation will allow generations of Americans to learn about our history and heritage on this sacred site."

The Battle of Antietam occurred on Sept. 17, 1862, leaving nearly 23,000 soldiers dead, injured, or missing.

The White House initially announced in April that Trump would donate his entire first-quarter salary to the National Park Service, but did not specify which projects it would fund.

Zinke said Trump's donation was matched by an anonymous donor who added $22,000, bringing their total gift to $100,000. The interior secretary also announced an additional $7.2 million in grants for the American Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants program, which works to preserve battlefield lands, CNN reported.

Zinke presented a total check of $185,000 to restore historic sites at Antietam.

Trump has promised to donate his salary as president to various parts of the federal government.

Madeleine Weast

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Madeleine Weast is Assistant Social Media Editor for the Washington Free Beacon. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014. Prior to joining the Beacon, she was a Communications Fellow at The Charles Koch Institute. Madeleine is from Prairie Village, Kansas and lives in Washington, D.C. Her Twitter handle is @MadeleineWeast.

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