Whether you like the guy or not, President Trump puts his money where his mouth is. Trump made a presidential campaign promise in 2015 not to take a salary, and every quarter since becoming president Trump has done just that.
The first quarter of 2018 is no different concerning the president’s salary as it was announced on Thursday that Trump will donate his $100,000 check to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the announcement during Thursday’s White House press briefing.
“Today the president is proud to donate his 2018 first quarter salary to the Department of Veterans Affairs to support their caregiver programs,” Huckabee Sanders told the press corps.
Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilke was brought to the podium to accept the donation check and subsequently spoke to the press corps.
“I want to thank you [Huckabee Sanders] for President Trump’s generosity,” Wilke said. “The president’s generosity underscores his promise to do all that he can for veterans, which includes supporting those who care for our veterans.”
Here's video of the presentation during the press briefings (first four minutes of the video contain the presentation):
Trump has an annual presidential salary of $400,000, and he has donated every salaried check he has received to different entities and organizations, including the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation, the National Parks Service and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Trump joins president's John F. Kennedy and Herbert Hoover as the only presidents to donate their salaries.
Trump has been known for decades for his independent wealth, and the president’s basically told the federal government to keep their money and put it towards more worthwhile endeavors.
H/T: Washington Times