White house Secretary Sean Spicer says that Donald Trump will donate his annual presidential salary of $400,000 to charity by year’s end.
United States President Donald Trump will donate his annual presidential salary of $400,000 to charity by year’s end, White House Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday, and he even wants the media he often criticizes to help him choose a worthwhile cause.
Following MSNBC’s report over questions about whether President Donald Trump has donated his paycheck, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated during a White House briefing Monday, “the president’s objective right now is to donate his pay at the end of the year.”
“The president’s objective is to donate his salary at the end of the year,” Spicer told reporters at his daily meeting. “He made a pledge to the American people.”
“He kindly asked that the president wants the media’s help deciding where the money will go.”
“The way that we can avoid inspection is to let the press group determine where it should go,” Spicer said with a hint of irony, perhaps in reference to past media scrutiny of Trump’s contributions and the management of his family foundation.
The billionaire businessman told several times during his presidential campaign that he did not plan to take a salary, save one dollar, the legal minimum.
During the president campaign trail, Trump stated that he would not need to take a paycheck if elected.
“The first thing I’m going to do is tell you that if I’m elected president, I’m accepting no salary, OK? That’s not a big deal for me,” he said at a rally in Rochester, New Hampshire, in September 2015. Trump repeated that promise during his first sit-down interview as president-elect.
In the past, Former Presidents of United States Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy also donated their presidential salaries to charity.