Published: Wed, September 06, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

White House: Trump will donate $1 million to Harvey relief

White House: Trump will donate $1 million to Harvey relief

The Trump administration on Friday asked Congress for a higher-than-expected $7.85 billion as part of an initial request for funds in response to Hurricane Harvey, with an additional request expected by the end of this month.

In other press briefing news, acting Homeland Security Secretary Tom Bossert said both Mexico and Canada had contacted Trump to send condolences and offer assistance to those hammered by Harvey. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.

The White House hadn't released any more details as of Friday afternoon.

US President Donald Trump is expected to propose an initial $5.9 billion.

The White House has offered several different timelines for the announcement.

President Donald Trump may visit the Harvey-ravaged Houston area Saturday.

During a visit to Texas on Tuesday, Mr Trump had been unable to visit the flood zone because of hard logistics and security concerns.

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"He'll pledge, proudly, $1 million of his own personal money to help the people of both Texas and Louisiana", she said.

He says, "I don't think there's going to be a lot of benefits going out to illegal immigrants".

"He met with a number of state and local officials who are eating, sleeping, breathing the Harvey disaster", she said in defense of the president.

"He is pledging one million dollars of personal money to the fund", Sanders told reporters at a White House briefing.

But some reporters called out Trump, noting that he had not witnessed any "horror or devastation first hand".

Trump has been criticized in the past for giving far less of his income to charitable causes than many other multi-billionaires.

FEMA pays for immediate shelter costs and can finance home fix costs of up to $33,000 or so, but other costs such as flood insurance payments, larger housing damage, and state, local, and government buildings promise a major price tag. The storm is now threatening the region near the Texas-Louisiana state line.

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