Trump's First Paycheck Goes to Restoring Civil War Battlefield - Interior Dept.

Elias Hubbard
July 6, 2017

Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, 2017.

"I'm deeply honored and humbled to deliver the donation to Antietam National Battlefield on behalf of President Trump", said Zinke. By law, the president apparently must accept a paycheck.

In April, the White House originally announced Trump's intention to donate his first quarter salary to the National Park Service but Wednesday's announcement is the first time it has been revealed that the funds will specifically go to restoring the battlefield.

Beyond the Fredericksburg-area sites, battlefields benefiting from the $7.2 million in land acquisition grants are Prairie Grove, Ark.; South Mountain and Williamsport, Md.; Brices Cross Roads, Miss.; Fort Ann and Sackets Harbor, N.Y.; Brandywine, Pa.; Eutaw Springs, S.C.; Fort Donelson, Tenn.; Appomattox Courthouse, Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill (440 acres), New Market and Third Winchester in Virginia; and Shepherdstown, W.Va. In an earlier statement, the Sierra Club, an environmental conservation group, said, "America's parks, and the people and economies they support, need real funding, not a giant fake check".

"He said the Obama administration missed out on the potential revenue, pointing to the fact that the Interior Department brought in $2.6 billion from offshore drilling a year ago, compared with $18.1 billion in 2008".

Zinke defended the President's proposed budget at a hearing on Capitol Hill last month, telling lawmakers, "This is what a balanced budget looks like".

The donation representing the president's 1Q net pay will be used to refurbish the Newcomer House Civil War Information Center on the battlefield (which was a makeshift hospital during the fighting) as well replacing 5,000 feet of run-down fencing along the Hagerstown Turnpike where some of the fiercest combat took place.

The Battle of Antietam was a critical one in the Civil War, and it remains the single bloodiest day in American history.

On Sept. 17, 1862 Union and Confederate forces clashed near Sharpsburg in the U.S. state of Maryland. President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation, which would eventually free slaves living in confederate states, just days after the battle.

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