NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s campaign on Monday announced that he would accept donations in the form of checks from charities he has been supportive of for decades, including the American Red Cross, the World Vision International and the American Cancer Society.
The announcement by Trump’s personal campaign manager, Jesse Benton, came just days after his son, Jared, and his wife, Marla Maples, donated $1 million to the Republican National Committee, which is run by the campaign.
The donation was not announced until after Trump’s first inaugural address on January 20.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump has made the Republican Party’s first two presidential nominees since the Watergate scandal in the center of the 2016 presidential campaign, and has repeatedly praised their charitable donations.
The two GOP nominees, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov.
John Kasich, have been heavily criticized for their fundraising activities, which they have repeatedly said are in support of charitable causes.
Trump is expected to attend the annual dinner of the American Council on Capital Formation, which the Republican Jewish Coalition describes as “the most powerful Jewish lobbying organization in the country.”
The American Jewish Committee has also said that Trump has received $200 million in donations since taking office, including $100 million from Jewish charities.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Los Angeles-based Jewish community’s largest advocacy organization, has said that “as the most prominent Republican in the nation, Mr. Trump should take the initiative to use his political capital to support and protect the charitable contributions of his charitable organizations.”
The president has not made a similar donation to any charity.
The National Association of Realtors, the industry’s trade group, has called for Trump to donate money to charities that he has donated money to, including The National Zoo and the National Zoo Foundation.