President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, under fire for a delay in donating its remaining funds to charity, plans to give $3 million to three organizations involved in hurricane-rescue efforts, officials said.
President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, under fire for a delay in donating its remaining funds to charity, plans to give $3 million to three organizations involved in hurricane-rescue efforts, officials said Tuesday.
Thomas Barrack Jr., chairman of the private Presidential Inaugural Committee, said the money will be divided equally among three groups — the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical group.
All three groups are involved in relief efforts after a string of hurricanes that ravaged the Gulf Coast, Florida and the Caribbean.
“The surplus of these privately donated funds will be put to great substantive use for relief victims throughout the heartbreaking regions of America impacted by the recent catastrophic disasters,” Barrack said in an email.
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“The committee will continue to curate worthwhile causes and make further contributions that serve America’s agenda and will conclude in accordance with its charter in the next few months,” he added.
The committee raised $107 million for the inauguration, a record amount, accepting corporate individual donations in amounts up to $1 million.
It remains unclear how much money the committee still has, and officials declined to say. They said they anticipated additional costs before winding down the committee.
A spokeswoman for Melania Trump, the first lady, has said that some of the leftover funds have been used for renovations to the White House and Naval Observatory, home of the vice president.
Barrack said the charities were involved in “disasters across America’s geographic palette.”