President Trump has reportedly donated his salary from the third quarter of 2018 – $100,000 – to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), according to a press release from the White House. The money donated will be used to conduct research on alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.
“He Had a Problem with Alcohol.”
And while he hasn’t publicly stated that the donation is in honor of his late brother, many are drawing a connection between the two.
“I had a brother, Fred. Great guy, best-looking guy, best personality, much better than mind,” Trump said in a speech in 2017. “But he had a problem. He had a problem with alcohol.”
Trump noted that Fred Trump, who died at the age of 43 in 1981 of alcoholism-related complications, would tell him, “Don’t drink, don’t drink.”
The president has frequently cited Fred as a reason why he does not drink and has not engaged in recreational drug use.
“He was substantially older and I listened to him and I respected him,” Trump said. “He would say it over and over again. And to this day, I’ve never had a drink. And I have no longing, and I have no interest in it,” he went on. “I learned because of Fred. He was a strong guy but it was a tough, tough thing that he was going through.”
During his 1016 campaign, Trump pledged to donate his $400,000 annual salary to “worthy causes.” Past recipients include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Transportation, the National Park Service, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
As part of an announcement noting Trump’s accomplishments during his first two years, the White House noted, “Each quarter since taking office, President Trump has donated his salary, fulfilling a promise he made to the American people.
The president donated his third-quarter 2017 salary to Health and Human Services (HHS). The department was told to use the money to help combat the opioid crisis. Eric Hargan, acting as HHS secretary, said during an announcement that the donation was a “tribute to Trump’s compassion, to his patriotism, and a sense of duty to the American people.”
The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is a part of the National Institutes of Health, a government agency responsible for health research and funding. While the institute conducts and funds research into alcoholism, it also shares information with healthcare providers and policymakers, developing treatments for people suffering from alcohol abuse.
The institute is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service.