Before Donald Trump became president, he pledged to decline a presidential salary. As his second payday is near, the White House is refusing to say if Trump has donated any of his pay.
However, the Constitution requires presidents to receive a salary and that it not be reduced during the term. Federal law dictates presidents receive an annual salary of $400,000, which is paid out each month of a paycheck of $33,333. It is reported that he is supposed to get another $33,333 on the 20th.
Trump’s staff have said before that Trump would donate his earnings to the Treasury Department or charity.
However, when MSBNC requested more details and documentations from the White House, the Treasury Department and the Office of Personnel Management, all refused to respond.
When Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House spokesperson, spoke to Politifact last month, she said that Trump “will be giving” his salary “back to Treasury or donating.” But Politifact mentioned that the White House “declined to answer several inquiries into whether Trump has gotten a paycheck already.”
Considering Trump has admitted to not paying federal taxes for many years, it’s especially troubling that he’s now willing to take so much from the federal government.
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