A North Texas pastor confirmed that Ivanka Trump made a quiet donation to his church, claiming that one of his tweets inspired her to reach out.
According to CBN News
, Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano shared that Trump donated $50,000 after he tweeted that his church will care for migrant children separated from their families.
Graham said that First Daughter Trump donated to the church just days before her father, President Donald Trump, signed an executive order halting his policy of separating immigrant families.
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Ivanka Trump a number of times over the last year, and I’ve been struck by her kindness and concern for those in need,” Graham told CBN. “So, it wasn’t that surprising to know that she would want to help these families. But I certainly never expected to hear from her after a simple tweet.”
The First Daughter-turned-White House-Aide is one of the most notable members of the president’s team to remain silent on the controversy. Trump refused to speak publicly about the issue until her father signed last Wednesday’s executive order, where-after she tweeted in support of ending the separation of families
Trump’s contribution will help fund Prestonwood’s assessment trip to Brownsville this week, where Graham and other evangelical leaders will visit detention centers near the border to determine how churches can combat how the Trump administration is handling the immigration crisis. In a press release thanking the First Daughter
, Graham stated that he hopes Trump’s donation will inspire others to help.
“Our country is facing complex issues that will take time to fix, but this shouldn’t delay or stop our response to the needs of others,” Graham said.
The Trump Administration’s controversial “zero tolerance” immigration policy has continued to draw criticism weeks after news broke that border agents have been separating nearly 2,000 immigrant children from their families
. Since that report, President Trump has bounced back-and-forth between blaming Democrats for his immigration policy
and asking Congress to make amends
, while tweeting that the “invading” immigrant families should be sent back to their countries-of-origin without “judges or court cases.”
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