White House says Trump will donate $1 million to hurricane aid

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk on the South Lawn after they returned to the White House

"He would like to join in the efforts that a lot of people we have seen across the country do", press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House, saying the funds would come from the President's "personal money".

Over the years, the United States has been hit by plenty of natural calamities, and while all presidents did an exemplary job during those crises, Donald Trump's decision to donate $1 million out of his funds comes as a magnificent gesture.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders arrives for the daily press briefing, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Washington. She said that Trump wants reporters to chime in on which charities should get his money.

She said: "He's asked for me to check with the folks in this room, since you are very good at research and have been doing a lot of reporting into the groups and organisations that are best and most effective".

Former press secretary Sean Spicer made a similar statement in March in response to questions about where Trump would be donating his $400,000 salary after the president originally pledged not to receive compensation.

Meanwhile, the White House said it will ask the US Congress for emergency funding to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Trump was in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Wednesday to meet officials.

Sanders also announced that Trump has tentative plans to visit "the Houston area" on Saturday as well as Lake Charles, Louisiana. "I don't know the legal part of exactly that, but he said personally", she replied.

Texas governor Greg Abbott warned "the worst is not over yet" for the state, with flooding expected to persist for more than a week in some areas.

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