A side of President Trump that doesn’t receive enough attention

The mainstream media don’t talk about it much, but President Trump – long before his election to his present office, and after it as well – has helped a great many people on a personal basis, never making a fuss about it or seeking publicity.  The latest episode has, however, been noticed – and I think that’s a good thing.

Bouvet’s son, Shane Bouvet, worked with Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 by day while holding down a job as a delivery man by night.

The Republican reportedly met with president-elect Trump the night before the inauguration and shared his father’s health and financial struggles.

“His father, Donald,” Trump said Friday about what Shane Bouvet told him, “was suffering and really on a pretty final path towards losing his life.”

After his January meeting with Trump, Shane Bouvet returned to his hometown of Stonington, Illinois, with a population of about 930.

Then, he got a check in the mail.

It was a personal check worth $10,000 from Trump, he said.

“Shane — You are a great guy — thanks for all of your help,” Trump reportedly wrote on presidential stationery.

Shane Bouvet told NBC4 he gave the entire sum to his father, who used it to pay the deductible on the treatment.

Now cancer-free, Don Bouvet got his own chance Friday to meet Trump … “It’s very emotional because … one day I wanted to come here, or meet you somewhere, shake your hand, look you in the eye, and say, ‘Thank you for saving my life,'” Don Bouvet told the president. “And I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

There’s more at the link.

There are more stories like that out there, if you look for them.  It appears that President Trump has been quietly, under-the-radar generous to many people in need of help.  Full marks to him for that, and for his choice not to seek any publicity for it.  My respect for him has just gone up another notch.

This report is from a local NBC affiliate.  I wonder whether the national network will carry it?  Nah . . . I guess that’s too much to hope for from such a biased, anti-Trump source.  Besides, even if NBC carried it, they’d probably twist it into something negative about the President – just as they’ve been doing about the Nunes memorandum ever since it came out.



  1. Matthew 6:1-4 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

    It is a shame more people cannot understand this.

  2. IIRC, $10,000 is the limit that one may gift to someone tax-free per year. There is a total limit of $1 or $2 million per year that you may gift, but $10k is the per-person tax-free gift maximum.

    There have been a number of similar stories to come out of his businesses before and during the campaign.

  3. What I found interesting but not surprising, is that the article mentions checking to see if Trump violated campaign financing laws.

    That can be interpreted pretty harmlessly, but where any media outlook is concerned, I am instantly suspicious.

  4. $14k is the one-to-one tax-free gift limit. We have been pre-distributing the parent's estate for several years at that level without IRS issues.

  5. undomesticated,

    I find no evidence that President Trump sought to publicize his gift. Rather, it was the recipient who chose to do so.

    So just get off you high horse, please.


  6. Sam L. said…

    Never hear this about Obama. Or Clinton (either/both).

    But what we have heard is the Clinton campaign stiffing some of the small businesses that served as vendor to them, such as a pizza parlor.


  7. You misunderstood undomesticated's post, Ed. He was pointing out that The Donald does these good works and does not even mention them, much less publicize them, as the Good Book says it should be done.

    So how about you get down off *your* judgemental high horse.

  8. $14k may be the upper limit on charity, but there are also statutes (both Federal and state) on such things as money laundering that trip at different limits. Pretty sure Leftists in NY have tried to catch him on all of them.

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