Journalists Bash Trump for Donating $1 Million of His Own Money to Harvey Relief

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• September 1, 2017 12:30 pm


Journalists are criticizing President Donald Trump for pledging $1 million of his own money to relief efforts for destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the announcement at a briefing on Thursday.

"I spoke directly with the president earlier and I am happy to tell that he would like to join in the efforts that a lot of the people that we've seen across the country do, and he's pledging a million dollars of personal money to the fund," Sanders said in response to a reporter's question on what Trump and his family had personally donated to Harvey relief.

Social media responses to the president's planned contribution were generally positive. Some journalists and media figures, however, appeared to criticize or cast doubt on Trump's pledge. Those figures included MSNBC host Joy Reid, New York Times Magazine contributor and Wonkette founding editor Ana Marie Cox, Mother Jones editor in chief Clara Jeffery, and an opinion writer for Rolling Stone, among others.

On Wednesday, a CNN contributor criticized Trump for not donating to Houston relief efforts.

The president's pledge to donate $1 million was announced the next day.