President-elect Donald Trump will not take the $400,000 presidential salary after he is sworn into office.
Donald Trump is defying tradition in more ways than one. The most unconventional president-elect in modern times, who happens to be “really rich,” says he has no plans to take the presidential salary to which he’s entitled.
Plus, advisers reportedly say the billionaire businessman wants to continue to spend time at his penthouse apartment in downtown Manhattan when he can – and might return to Trump Tower and other locations he calls home on weekends, working from the White House during the week. Trump gave a direct answer when asked about the presidential salary of $400,000.
“I’m not going to take the salary. I’m not taking it,” he told CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
He said he thinks he has to take $1 by law, “so I’ll take $1 a year.” Trump said he didn’t even know what the salary was, before CBS’ Lesley Stahl told him.
It’s a good sign that Donald Trump is already putting country before salary. It’s a largely symbolic move, but actions speak louder than words. This is hopefully the first of many steps that a President Trump will take to get the debt under control.