Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday that President Trump’s first salary of $78,333 will go toward the restoration and preservation of Civil War battlefield Antietam.
The restoration of America’s historic battlefields and the narrative of America’s past is of paramount importance as it outlines the path taken to get to where we are now.
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President Trump’s first-quarter salary donation of $78,333 will go toward preserving the Civil War battlefield at Antietam, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday.
“As both the secretary of the interior and a military veteran, I’m deeply honored and humbled to deliver the donation to Antietam National Battlefield on behalf of President Trump,” Zinke said. “Visiting the hallowed ground the day after Independence Day is incredibly moving and it underscores the importance of why we must preserve these historic grounds.
President Trump donated the first quarter of his presidential salary in early April, totalling $78,333. The Interior Department said that after Trump donated his salary to the National Park Service, anonymous donors sent money for the agency to use in preserving the nation’s historic parks, which are suffering from a $12 billion maintenance backlog.
The Interior Department said an “anonymous donor pledged $22,000 to bring the president’s $78,333 donation to an even $100,000.”
While touring the battlefield, Zinke announced how the money would be spent, “The president’s donation will allow generations of Americans to learn about our history and heritage on this sacred site.” Zinke went on to say that an additional $7.2 million in grants would be awarded to “identify, preserve and protect historic battlefield sites.”