The White House is defending its use of a famous anti-Trump speech from 2008 as a vehicle for charitable giving.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a spokesperson for President Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget said: “It is not a policy of the Trump administration to accept gifts from the wealthy.”
However, the statement also cited “ongoing efforts to address the need for a level playing field in the charitable sector.”
It also said: “[T]he White House has taken the unprecedented step of accepting and disbursing the Trump Foundation’s $1.6 million in donations over the last year.”
The White House also said the foundation’s charitable donations have been “receiving substantial support from the federal government, local, state and local governments, private foundations and individuals.”
It added: “The White Houses Office of Government Ethics has said it is reviewing the president’s decision to accept and disburse the donations, and the Trump family is also reviewing the process of disbursed donations.”
President Trump’s first full day in office was a huge success, with his inauguration attendance surpassing expectations.
He spent nearly two hours speaking to the crowd in the Rose Garden before the swearing-in of the new president.
But Trump was far from alone in his embrace of a philanthropic spirit.
The White house has been a pioneer in its philanthropic outreach, as the foundation has raised millions of dollars to help people in need.
Its foundation, The Donald J. Trump Foundation, has already donated nearly $1 billion in donations.
President Trump gave $5 million to the Trump Family Foundation, which works to help families rebuild their lives after their loss of a loved one.
He also donated $1 million to help veterans in need after the November 2016 attacks in the Middle East.
More recently, Trump announced a $25 million grant for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
And in January, the Trump Administration announced a new $1-million donation to the foundation to assist veterans who’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury.
The President’s charitable giving has been especially significant in the face of his continued criticism of the federal work that he says is underfunded.
He’s already cut funding for many of the programs that Trump claims the federal Government should be running to help Americans and his Administration has been particularly outspoken in its criticism of its own.
Earlier this year, Trump took to Twitter to criticize the Department of Veterans Affairs for the fact that the wait times for health care were up by as much as four times.”VA is now saying the wait for a medical visit is twice as long as it was five years ago,” Trump tweeted at the time.
“The wait for health insurance is now more than three times longer than it was when I took office.”
A recent poll from the Pew Research Center found that 77% of Americans believe that Trump’s comments about veterans are “not accurate.”
And a poll from Public Policy Polling found that 75% of respondents believed that Trump is “not trustworthy” when it comes to his handling of foreign policy.
But the President did receive a warm welcome at his inauguration, with tens of thousands of people in the capital cheering and waving the American flag.