US President-elect Donald Trump says will take $1 as salary, no vacations when in office

US President-elect Donald Trump said that he will reject the presidential annual salary of $400,000 and will take only the minimum required: one dollar a year.

FP Staff November 14, 2016 11:56:32 IST
US President-elect Donald Trump says will take $1 as salary, no vacations when in office

US President-elect Donald Trump said that he will reject the presidential annual salary of $400,000 and will take only the minimum required: one dollar a year.

Trump announced his decision on Sunday in an interview for the CBS '60 Minutes' TV programme - his first television appearance after winning the 8 November elections.

US Presidentelect Donald Trump says will take 1 as salary no vacations when in office

File photo of Donald Trump. AP

"I think I have to take by law one dollar so I'll take one dollar a year," Trump said during the interview.

He further admitted that he did not know what the salary was and when told the salary was $400,000, Trump declined it, Efe news reported.

"I'm not taking it," said Trump, who amassed much of his fortune with television shows, hotels, casinos and real estate businesses.

He also said he would not take any vacation, stating: "We have so much work. There's so much work to be done. And I want to get it done for the people," he said.

"I want to get it done. We're lowering taxes, we're taking care of health care. I mean, there's just so much to be done. So I don't think we'll be very big on vacations, no," Trump said, ruling out a vacation for himself.

Trump also defended his controversial decision to refuse releasing any of his tax returns during the election campaign and said he will release his tax returns "at the appropriate time".

Trump also commented about the recent violence across the country after the election when tens of thousands of people have marched against him for five consecutive days, and in some 30, in the "Not my President" anti-Trump protest.

"I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, Stop it. If it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it," the Manhattan billionaire said when asked about the incidents.

Trump, who will take office as on 20 January,2017, told protesters not to fear his presidency.

With inputs from PTI and IANS

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