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Report: Trump Campaign Has Been Anonymously Donating Meals to Hospitals Across the Country

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The Trump campaign has been anonymously donating meals to hospitals in the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, including New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Washington state, according to a report on April 2.

Fox News political reporter Brooke Singman reported that President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has been placing the orders since March 26.

“They’re doing it as a donor who cares,” a source was quoted as saying. “So nothing politically is tied to it. … We’re just trying to, you know, show a thank you.”

“They’re trying to send things that are like, local restaurants that may need support [and] cool restaurant icons of the area that may need the business,” a source said.

Singman tweeted that the Trump campaign “has been quietly calling local restaurants and ordering large amounts of food to be delivered to hospitals in an effort to feed doctors, nurses & first responders and support local restaurants.”

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She reported that the Chit Chat Diner in Hackensack, New Jersey, was one of the beneficiaries of the Trump campaign’s new initiative.

“An anonymous donation providing lunch to some hardworking staff at Hackensack Hospital this afternoon. We are so grateful,” the restaurant posted on Instagram earlier this week.

Another order, from Antonio’s Trattoria, was for 100 individuals to be delivered to the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.

“It was 20 penne vodkas, 20 pastas with tomato sauce, 30 chicken parmesans, and 30 house salads with grilled chicken,” the manager told Fox News. “He only gave his first name and said he wanted to remain anonymous.”

A source said the president’s campaign has spent tens of thousands of dollars at restaurants and plans to expand the effort.

On Wednesday, Trump encouraged Congress to change the tax laws in order to help restaurants bounce back quicker from the imposed coronavirus shutdown.

“Congress must pass the old, and very strongly proven, deductibility by businesses on restaurants and entertainment,” he wrote.

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“This will bring restaurants, and everything related, back – and stronger than ever. Move quickly, they will all be saved!”

The Hill reported that the 2017 Republican tax reform law “revoked a provision allowing corporations to make annual tax deductions for entertainment expenses and limited deductions that could be made for meals.”

Do you think Congress should reinstate that deduction, as President Trump suggested?

Internal Revenue Service guidance issued in 2018 indicated companies could deduct up to 50 percent of business meal expenses as long as they were not considered “lavish.”

At a Rose Garden news conference on March 29, Trump said he had discussed the idea with restaurateur Wolfgang Puck.

“I think it’ll have a tremendous impact and maybe keep them open,” the president told reporters. “Some are closing right now, despite the fact that they could be open in the not-too-distant future, and we expect that.

“But there are some that aren’t going to be able to get open, and we want to make sure they do.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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