President Donald Trump has pledged that he will give $1 million to those survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas. But if past pledges are any indication, they probably shouldn’t hold their breath.
In 2012, Trump allegedly spoke to Mary Pat Christie, who headed one of the nonprofit coalitions that was working to help those in New Jersey hurt by the storm.
“And it wasn’t a long phone call,” Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said of Trump’s pledge to his wife for Hurricane Sandy survivors in 2012. “He said, ‘Mary Pat, I like Chris, but I’m scared of you.’ He said, ‘How much does the check need to be? Just tell me and I’ll send it.’ “
No one was able to find Trump’s donation to the fund. So, Christie jumped in to explain that it was his fault and he “misspoke.”
“The Governor misspoke this morning,” said Christie’s spokesman Brian Murray. “Mr. Trump has given to other New Jersey charities, including the Drumthwacket Foundation.”
Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold noted that Trump also pledged $1 million to a veterans group. It was only after reporters revealed the donation never came, that Trump was finally forced to give. He’s only given $1 million donations twice ever.