During the campaign, Donald Trump promised he wouldn’t take a dollar of salary if he were elected. Once he won, he showed no signs of backing down from that promise as he prepared to transition into office. There was just one problem…. By law, the president of the United States is obligated to take a salary. Moreover, that salary can’t be changed while he is in office.
Of course, it wasn’t just that he wanted to keep his promise. As one of the most successful businessmen in the world, Trump doesn’t have any need for the money. In his eyes, it’s just a waste of taxpayers’ hard-earned money. With that in mind, he chose instead to donate the money to charity.
After announcing his new plan, the administration asked for the media to help identify a worthy cause for the money. Just a few weeks later, it was revealed where his first quarter salary will go.
From The Hill:
President Trump will donate his first three months of salary to the National Park Service, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced Monday.
“The president has spoken with counsel and made the decision to donate his first-quarter salary to a government entity,” Spicer said at Monday’s briefing.
Spicer handed a check for $78,333.32 for the National Park Service to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Spicer said the paycheck starts from Jan. 20, when Trump took office, until now.
It will be hard for liberals to argue with the move, as the National Park Service works to protect America’s vast natural resources. In addition to that, they also maintain many of America’s historical sites, something important to the president:
At Monday’s briefing, Zinke said the donation will go to the maintaining historic battlefield sites.
Although the plan was originally to wait until the end of the year, breaking up the donations by quarter will allow different causes to get in on the money. With this move, the administration can still solicit feedback on where future donations should go.
The donation is just another promise kept by a president that shows no signs of backing down from his campaign rhetoric. This time, the move is all but impossible for liberals to cry about, but they’ll probably find a way.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]