In the aftermath of what the FEMA Director has called the “worst disaster in the state’s history,” Jennifer Jacobs, the White House reporter for Bloomberg News, asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders if Trump had made a personal donation to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Asked if Trump has made a personal donation to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, @PressSec: "I know they're looking into options."
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) August 30, 2017
In case there is any confusion, “looking into options” is shorthand for an unequivocal “no.”
Since the Category 4 hurricane made landfall five days ago, a slew of charities have begun collecting money for the relief effort. Former President Barack Obama tweeted several days ago suggesting that Americans donate to the American Red Cross, and included a link with directions to do so in his tweet.
Thank you to all the first responders and people helping each other out. That's what we do as Americans. Here's one way you can help now. https://t.co/iGfE8rAoAu
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 27, 2017
While Trump has relished his role as a “leader” during this natural disaster, he has yet to make any substantive impact, opting instead to brag about his crowd size in a “speech” to spectators, rather than meet with a single disaster victim. Obama, for his part, was quick to visit with victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. And George W. Bush did the same with victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Remember when Trump emotionally embraced victims of a Hurricane like Pres Obama did? Nah, me neither pic.twitter.com/eNyBFJQzYx
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 29, 2017
Despite the fact that Trump has been quick to leverage his position as President to further enrich himself and the Trump Organization, he has done absolutely nothing with his self-proclaimed fortune to help Americans in need. He might willingly take their votes and applause, but don’t expect him to give back any time soon.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.