The White House is always a busy place, and under the Trump administration, the federal government has been getting lots of time in the spotlight. Although, despite all the news about President Trump, many sources claim he is less active than previous presidents in areas of the community. According to Phil Mendelson, chairman of the Washington, D.C. City Council and a Democratic member of the council since 1999, “Trump has been the least present of any of the most recent presidents.” According to U.S. News, “Trump has been less engaged on the local charity circuit than other recent presidents, with no stops at local food banks, or to help elementary school reading drives. First Lady Melania Trump has been venturing out more often, appearing with Jordan’s Queen Rania at a girls’ charter school, attending a holiday toy drive sponsored by the military and visiting with patients and staff at Children’s National Hospital.”
According to The Daily 202, Trump has not been giving the public promise to donate to charities. “Although Trump had spent years promising to give away his money – the proceeds from Trump University, his salary from ‘The Apprentice,’ the money he made renting a tent to Moammar Gaddafi – I couldn’t find much evidence he’d actually done it,” the news organization stated. Daily 202 found that out of 450 charities, only one gift to charity came from Trump’s own pocket in the years between 2008 and 2015. The Daily 202 also brought up old speculation about the President’s own charity fund and questionable proceedings.
While Trump hasn’t been in the headlines for charity, First Lady Melania Trump has been involved in several organizations.
According to USA Today, Melania Trump likes events where she has the opportunity to meet children or teens in hospitals or care centers. She opened a “healing garden” on April 26, 2017, at a Washington children’s hospital. USA Today stated she looked happy and relaxed making crafts at a table with all the kids. In March, she visited the same hospital to help with them to plant the garden, but it was all done under the radar.
One of her first engagements was on March 2, 2017, when she had a surprise visit to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to read to kids in the pediatrics unit playroom.
As much as the work inside the Capitol is important, the work outside that needs to be completed is just as important as well.