U.S. President George W. Bush and two of his predecessors, George Bush and Bill Clinton, on Monday made a joint appeal for Americans to contribute money to help victims of the Asian tsunami. The trio appeared together at the White House to lead an effort to encourage the American people and businesses to offer private contributions. President Bush said he and his two predecessors would press the issue in the coming days: "In the coming days, Presidents Clinton and Bush will ask Americans to donate directly to reliable charities already providing help to tsunami victims. Many of these organizations have dispatched experts to the disaster area and they have an in-depth understanding of the resources required to meet the needs on the ground." The U.S. government has already said it will give 300 million dollars in aid to the tsunami victims.