President Trump announced he will be donating his first quarter salary (roughly $78,000) to the U.S. Department of the Interior for the purpose of helping preserve America’s battlefields. While great for a photo op, this gesture is rather empty. Trump’s own budget proposal calls for slashing the department’s funding (which includes the National Parks Service) by $1.5 billion for the coming year. Plus, even a donation of Trump’s annual salary wouldn’t come close to filling the $229 million gap for battlefield maintenance.
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