(National Sentinel) Charity: They say no good deed goes unpunished, and that is generally true — unless you happen to be President Donald J. Trump. Then, everything you do is scrutinized and criticized.

Including making sizable donations to assist victims of a massive hurricane.

After touring the damage done by Hurricane Harvey in eastern Texas, Trump pledged $1 million of his own money to victims. Left-wing progressives were critical.

But those critics got an earful from one of their own – Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera, who stuck up for the president and first lady Melania Trump.

“I was very dismayed that people are looking at his generosity and his compassion so skeptically,” Rivera told “Fox and Friends” Friday. “There has been some questions in the past on whether he timely, in a timely fashion, honored his commitments. He always gets around to it. In this case, I certainly take him and Melania at their word. I’m glad they went to Texas, I’m glad they’re going back to Texas. And the fact that he’s pledging a million bucks, just congratulate him for his compassion rather than view something, an act of such kindness with a slanted view.”

Geraldo recounted his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, noting that the differences in the federal government’s response then and now are vastly different.

“Having covered Katrina … it was obvious the federal government was doing nothing. FEMA was totally dysfunctional,” he said.  “From everything I can see … there is profound and very satisfying coordination between the federal government, state government, and the local governments.

“By and large this has been a coordinated, very admirable every professional relief effort,” he concluded.

Trump has received high praise from Texas officials for the government’s quick response, including from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who lashed out at critics of the president last week telling them now wasn’t the right time for it.

“The president has approached this as a businessman and gone into action. Gov. Abbott has been in control,” he said.

“I’d say it’s down to politics in all of this. But for anyone to criticize the president or anyone else, this is not the time. First of all, he has really been on top of this with Gov. Abbott, I can tell you,” he added.

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