(Alexander Mallin & Adam Kelsey, ABC News) – President Donald Trump has been drawing a salary — despite pledging not to during the campaign and after the election — but plans to donate the money to charity, according to press secretary Sean Spicer.
With almost two months of service as president of the United States under his belt, Donald Trump has earned over $50,000 in salary. Spicer says that money will be given away by the end of 2017.
Asked at Monday’s press briefing about Trump’s previous claims that he wouldn’t keep his salary, Spicer said that the president’s “intention right now is to donate his salary at the end of the year.” He went on to say that Trump wanted the White House press corps to “help determine where that goes.”
“The way we all can avoid scrutiny is to let the press corps determine where it should go,” said Spicer. “In all seriousness… he made a pledge to the American people, he wants to donate it to charity and he’d love your help to determine where it should go.”