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Here's what Trump is doing with his second-quarter salary

President Donald Trump donated his second quarter salary to the department of education, the White House announced Wednesday. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the money will go toward a STEM camp in Washington, D.C. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The White House announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump is donating his second-quarter salary back to the American taxpayers.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the announcement before reporters at the daily White House press briefing. The amount of Trump's second quarter salary is $100,000. The president's annual salary totals $400,000.

Huckabee Sanders welcomed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to the briefing room lectern to explain exactly what the money will be used for.

Standing in front of two televisions, each showing a picture of the $100,000 check signed by the billionaire president, DeVos said the funds will help pay for a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) camp for kids at the Education Department in Washington, D.C.

"We want to encourage as many children as possible to explore STEM fields in the hope that many develop a passion for these fields," DeVos said.

Trump donated his first quarter salary to the National Park Service. Those funds are being used to restore two Civil War-era battlefields.

Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that after Trump's first quarter, additional donors gave an extra $160,000 for the same projects.

Trump is the third president in American history to forego a salary, according to the Independent Journal Review. President Herbert Hoover donated his presidential salary to charity in the early 1900s. And in the 1960s, John F. Kennedy became the wealthiest man ever elected president and decided to give up his salary.

White House reporters and media pundits took to Twitter and used the president's gesture as a way to criticize him for pushing to cut the education department's budget by billions of dollars.

Earlier this year, the White House released a FY 2018 budget that proposed cutting $9 billion from the Department of Education.

(H/T: The Hill)

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