Donald Trump has made some waves throughout the week since he was elected as the 45th president, and once again, he is making waves in the United States as questions begin to circulate.
The business mogul promised that if he was elected as president he wouldn’t be taking the $400,000 annual presidential salary. It seems he wasn’t just saying that to get elected.
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From the very beginning, Trump has held strong on the promise he would set personal business aside. In fact, when he appeared on “Face The Nation” and spoke with moderator John Dickerson last October, he informed Dickerson that he has been “phasing out” his role in his company.
The President-elect modestly said, “Look, I would cut all ties…. I wouldn’t care about it,” Trump told Dickerson. “My kids will run it. I wouldn’t want to expand very much. It wouldn’t matter to me. I have a chance at making America great again; that’s the whole focus.”
The first time Donald Trump ever told the public he wasn’t taking a presidential salary was in Rochester, New Hampshire, last October. “The first thing I’m going to do is tell you that if I’m elected president, I’m accepting no salary, OK?” Trump said. “That’s not a big deal for me.”
Now, many may feel if he is a billionaire, he doesn’t need the money. You may be right. In 2015, Federal Election Commission forms reported, Trump’s income exceeded $557 million. Not paying a presidential salary is a nice incentive for our country as we have so much debt to get rid off; it also creates a positive first impression of the new regime.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2015
Days after he informed his supporters at New Hampshire he wouldn’t be taking the extensive salary, he held a #AskTrump Q&A on Twitter. One user asked, “Will you forgo the presidential salary if elected?”
Again, Trump confirmed that he would refuse to take a salary. “As far as the salary is concerned — I won’t take even one dollar,” said Trump. “I am totally giving up my salary if I become president.”
Trump wouldn’t become the first president to forgo the hefty salary as John F. Kennedy and Herbert Hoover both turned down the funds and instead donated their entire presidential salaries to charity.
It is unclear if Trump has plans to donate the salary but he is joining only two other presidents in United States history who have refused the salary. That is something to respect.