During his campaign in 2016, Donald Trump made a promise to the American public. He took the pledge to forego his annual salary and donate it to a different governmental agency every quarter. This pledge has been used by his press secretaries time and again to boost his public image. Only this time, his press secretary might’ve made a mistake.
In the past, he has donated his salary to the Small Business Administration initiative for veteran entrepreneurs, the Office of the Surgeon General for the opioid epidemic, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, etc.
Let’s find out which agency he chose this year, and what mistake his press secretary made.
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WHICH AGENCY DID DONALD TRUMP DONATE HIS SALARY TO?
In order to “support the efforts being undertaken to confront, contain and combat the coronavirus,” Donald Trump donated a quarter his annual salary to the Department of Health and Human Services.
However, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany accidentally disclosed Trump’s private banking information while announcing this.
She held up a $100,000 check like a prop to show the reporters that Trump had donated his salary. An administration official told the New York Times mock cheques were never used in the briefing.
The real Capital One cheque that she used displayed the president’s private bank account and routing numbers.
Such sensitive information being leaked puts the bank account at risk of hacking. It can also be used by others, to withdraw or deposit money, or to make online purchases.
Eva Velasquez, the president and chief executive of the Identity Theft Resource Center, said –
“If you don’t have protections in place, there are sophisticated schemes and ways someone could access those funds knowing the account and routing number and the individual person it belongs to.”
Velasquez added –
“It’s not a best practice to share that information publicly.”
Large promotional cheques are often used in TV shows. Mike Chapple, a professor at the University of Notre Dame, explained why that’s a better option.
“They’re not only a nice prop onstage, but they also omit the sensitive account information that normally appears at the bottom.”
He added –
“The rest of us should play it safe and keep our account numbers to ourselves.”