Donald Trump gives R1.5m from his own salary to fight coronavirus

Donald Trump gives R1.5m from his own salary to fight coronavirus

- President Donald Trump has donated $100 000 (R1.5 million) of his salary to the United States for the fight against coronavirus

- Trump's decision was announced by Stephanie Grisham, the spokesperson for the White House

- The United States health department confirmed the donation, saying it came via a cheque

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Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America, has shown a more human side by donating his salary to his country in its battle to combat the much-dreaded coronavirus spreading across the globe.

The president said he was donating his 2019 fourth-quarter salary to the US agency responsible for health, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Trump's decision was announced by Stephanie Grisham, the press secretary for the White House.

Grisham posted the message on Twitter, putting the figure involved at $100,000 (R1.5 million).

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Donald Trump donates N36.5m salary to help tackle Coronavirus

Donald Trump donated N36.5m salary to help tackle Coronavirus
Source: Twitter

She said the president made the donation to show his commitment to ensuring Americans are safe.

Daily Mail also quoted the to HHS secretary, Alex Azar, as confirming the donation from the president, saying the money had been given as a cheque to the assistant secretary of health.

Azar said the money is meant to fund the preparedness and response activity concerning the coronavirus.

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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently advised people to use contactless technology instead of cash as there are fears that banknotes may be spreading the coronavirus.

“We would advise people to wash their hands after handling banknotes and avoid touching their face,” a WHO spokesperson was quoted as saying.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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