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What cost copay?

EDITOR:

You ‘Opinion’ page on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 expressed the idea that the copay for being flown by helicopter to Walter Reed and have a dozen doctors treat you with experimental drugs might be construed as too much for a sitting President?

However, I believe his health insurance is part of his pay as it is with all Senators and Congressmen/women. And speaking of the President’s pay, how many times have you published what President Trump does with his pay? It is not very well known but President Trump donates his pay quarterly. Below is a list (can verify on Snopes or Verify or other) of all his pay that has been donated and where it has been donated since he took office.

Trump has repeatedly followed up on his pledge to donate his presidential salary. The following list documents what government projects or departments have been chosen to benefit from Trump’s quarterly paychecks so far:

Quarter/Year Recipient Earmark

Q1 2017- Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service maintenance of a Civil War site

Q2 2017 – Dept. of Education, A science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) camp for children

Q3 2017- Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public awareness campaign about opioid addiction

Q4 2017- Dept. of Transportation, Infrastructure grant program

Q1 2018 – Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Caregiver programs

Q2 2018- U.S. Small Business Administration “Emerging Leaders” program

Q3 2018 – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Not yet announced

Q4 2018 – Dept. of Homeland Security Not yet announced

Q1 2019 – Dept. of Agriculture, Outreach programs, according to a statement from USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue provided to Snopes

Q2 2019 – Surgeon General’s Office, “An upcoming public health advisory,” USA Today reports.

Q3 2019 – Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, “To continue the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis,” the White House told the Associated Press

Q4 2019 – Dept. of Health and Human Services, To help “confront, contain, and combat coronavirus.”

Q1 2020 – Dept. of Health and Human Services, To “develop new therapies for treating and preventing coronavirus

Sherri Krause

Manistique

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