JUST IN: President Trump Donates His Salary to the U.S. National Park Service
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During Monday’s press briefing, White House spokesman Sean Spicer announced that President Trump has decided to donate the first quarter of his salary to the U.S. National Park Service.
“The president has spoken with counsel and made the decision to donate his first-quarter salary to a government entity,” said Spicer. “The Park Service has cared for our parks since 1916 and the President is personally proud to contribute the first quarter of his salary to the important mission of the Park Service which is preserving our country’s national security.”
After handing a check of $78,333.32 to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, he made clear to reporters at the briefing that “every penny that the President received in the first quarter since the day that he was [sworn in]” was accounted for in said amount.
“From January 20th forward,” the White House press secretary said.
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When asked to explain what brought Trump to his decision to ultimately donate the first portion of his salary to the U.S. National Park Service of all places, Spicer replied, “When given the options, he decided that there was a list of government entities that can accept donations.”
“Ironically, it’s not as easy to give money to the government as you would think, aside from the IRS,” he quipped, “but my point is that he looked through a variety for this quarter, he chose the National Park Service… and he believed that there was some great work being done there to restore our national battlegrounds.”
Trump promised during his campaign that he would not take a salary if elected president.
He said that he would instead donate his annual salary of $400,000 as President of the United States to charity.