On Friday, President Donald Trump gave notice that he has decided to donate $100,000 of his own salary to the National Park Service to help repair and restore national monuments around the country.
The decision by President Trump to direct a quarter of his donated salary to the restoration of American landmarks is an important one and demonstrates his commitment to preserving order.
President Trump made the announcement via Twitter on Friday, writing, “I promised YOU I would not take a dime of salary as your President. I donate the entire $400,000! It is my honor to give $100,000 to @NatlParkService to help repair and restore our GREAT National Monuments. So important to our American History! Thank You!!”
I promised YOU I would not take a dime of salary as your President. I donate the entire $400,000! It is my honor to give $100,000 to @NatlParkService to help repair and restore our GREAT National Monuments. So important to our American History! Thank You!! pic.twitter.com/4ETkUZ9yUf
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2020
Great American Outdoors Act
This is not the first action the president has taken to preserve and restore America’s public parks and monuments.
Earlier this month, the president signed the Great American Outdoors Act, a landmark piece of legislation that permanently funded the Land and Water Conservation Fund and invests in America’s national parks.
“We are proving that we can protect [our] treasured environment without bludgeoning our workers and crushing our businesses. This is record-setting stuff,” Trump said.
Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt praised the action, saying, “President Trump has just enacted the most consequential dedicated funding for national parks, wildlife refuges, public recreation facilities and American Indian school infrastructure in U.S. history.”
National Garden of American Heroes
In July, responding to protesters who were tearing down or defacing monuments of both Confederates and even famous Americans like President George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant, Trump announced an executive order to create a new National Garden of American Heroes.
The garden is intended to be filled with statues of famous Americans, and located on a “site of natural beauty that enables visitors to enjoy nature, walk among the statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures of America’s history.”
According to the order, the statues will include “historically significant Americans” like Abraham Lincoln, Betsy Ross, Booker T. Washington, Clara Barton, and more.
Trump has made a policy of donating the full $400,000 of his annual salary to different areas of need each year.
For the last two quarters, Trump said that he donated his salary to the Department of Health and Human Services department to aid the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help develop treatments.