Donald Trump to donate salary at end of year, says White House official

Washington: US President Donald Trump will give his $400,000 salary to US charities by the end of 2017, a White House official said.

File image of US President Donald Trump. AP

File image of US President Donald Trump. AP

"The President's intention right now is to donate his salary at the end of the year," Efe news quoted Sean Spicer as saying in response to a question from a reporter about whether Trump had already donated his February pay of more than $30,000.

"In all seriousness, I think his view is, 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," Spicer said.

During a question and answer session with Twitter users in September 2015, Trump responded to a question on whether he would take a salary.

"As far as the salary is concerned, I won't take even one dollar. I am totally giving up my salary if I become President," Trump, whose personal fortune is estimated by Forbes at $3.7 billion, said.

In a campaign speech in Oklahoma later that week, Trump said, "I'll be working for our country free, I don't want any salary. I've already said, I turned down my salary. I don't even know what the hell the salary is, but I don't want the salary."

Later, in a CBS interview, Trump said he would take $1 because the law requires that he receive a salary.

Updated Date: Mar 15, 2017 11:02 AM

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