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Trump pledges $1 million of own money to help Harvey victims

epa06171046 A handout photo made available by the US Coast Guard shows US President Donald J. Trump being briefed on Hurrican Harvey before an update from federal, state and local agencies and relief organizations at Fire Station 5 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, 29 August 2017. The areas in and around Houston and south Texas are experiencing record floods with more than 40 inches of rain after Harvey made landfall in the south coast of Texas as a category 4 hurricane, the most powerful to affect the US since 2004. Harvey has weakened and been downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to cause heavy rain for several days. EPA/COAST GUARD PETTY OFFICER 1ST CL HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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President Donald Trump.

President Trump will “pledge proudly” $1 million of his own money to help those affected by Harvey, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Thursday.

“I had a chance to speak directly with the president earlier and I’m happy to tell you he would like to join in the efforts that a lot of the people we’ve seen across this country do, and he’s pledging $1 million of personal money,” Sanders said during an afternoon press briefing.

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The president is also soliciting reporters for suggestions on which organizations are the most effective in helping the people of Texas and Louisiana, Sanders said.

“He would love some suggestions,” she said.

The move comes after several celebrities nationwide have publicly donated, including Miley Cyrus, Sandra Bullock, Beyonce, and the Patriots organization.

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