White House still seeking input on charities for Trump's $1 million donation

White House still seeking input on charities for Trump's $1 million donation
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The White House is still deciding which charity or charities will get President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE's $1 million donation for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked reporters headed to Texas aboard Air Force One on Saturday for recommendations for the donation.

It's at least the third time she has done so since Thursday, when the White House announced that the president would pledge $1 million of his or his foundation's money to disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey victims.


On Friday, Trump met in the Oval Office with representatives from the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, during which he signed a proclamation declaring Sunday a National Day of Prayer for those affected by the storm.

But Sanders' request to reporters Saturday signaled that a decision has not yet been reached on where the donation will go.

Trump was in Texas on Saturday – his second trip to the state in less than a week – to survey the damage from the storm, which left at least 47 people dead. 

The visit came a day after the White House sent a request to lawmakers for an initial $7.85 billion down payment on disaster relief efforts along the Gulf Coast. That request also asks that another $6.7 billion be added to a stopgap spending measure that Congress must pass to keep the government running past the end of the month.

The request represents only a fraction of the billions of dollars it will take to help the area recover from the storm.