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Mar192017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, business interests/ charitable contributions?: Report/analysis, "Trump's camp made three big promises to donate money to charity. What happened?"; also, "Trump Organization: First treasury donation on hotel stays to come in 2018" ....

* Washington Post (David Fahrenthold, Jonathan O'Connell):  "Trump's camp made three big promises to donate money to charity. What happened?" - From the WP:

Before he took office, Donald Trump said he would not accept his presidential salary. An aide said he would donate the money instead.

The Trump Organization — the president’s global real estate and branding business — pledged not to keep any profits that it made by renting hotel rooms and banquet halls to foreign governments. Those proceeds, Trump’s attorney said, would be given to the U.S. treasury. And the committee that raised a record $90 million for Trump’s inauguration pledged that, after running a no-frills celebration, the remaining funds would be given to charity.

In all three cases, these pledges of generosity seemed designed to allay a concern about Trump expressed by some critics — that this wealthy president, who had refused to relinquish ownership of his businesses, might use his public office to enrich himself or his friends. But nearly two months into the Trump presidency, little information has been released to show how, or if, those promises are being kept.

On Friday, for instance, the Trump Organization said it would not make its donations until the end of each calendar year. A spokeswoman provided few specifics about how the amount would be calculated. Earlier in the week, the White House seemed to acknowledge that Trump has been keeping his monthly paycheck. He still intends to give the money away at year’s end, said press secretary Sean Spicer, but Trump has not yet chosen a charity to receive it. The Trump inaugural committee has provided no details about what it plans to donate.

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Trump’s charitable promises have sparked controversy in the past ................

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* POLITICO:  "Trump Organization: First treasury donation on hotel stays to come in 2018"