American President Donald Trump Donates Salary To Charity
Donald Trump will be donating his presidential salary at the end of the year.
According to Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Trump has asked White House reporters to suggest which charity it should go to.
Although Trump still plans to donate his salary to charity, he will be holding off making the donation until the end of 2017.
Spicer said the president wanted White House reporters to suggest a charity in order to ‘avoid scrutiny.’
Secretary Sean Spicer today affirmed Trump’s commitment to donating his salary to charity.
Motioning to the White House Press corps, Spicer said:
“And he has kindly asked that you all determine where that goes.
Trey Yingst of One America News Network had asked Spicer about the salary donation.
The question followed on an NBC News report that said the White House, the Treasury Department and the Office of Personnel Management all declined to say whether Trump had donated any of his salary to date.
Donald Trump had made a campaign promise to donate his salary to the Treasury Department or to charity.
Trump receives a Constitutionally-mandated salary of $400,000 (N180,000,000) annually, receiving a paycheck each month.
Under federal law, Trump would have already received a February paycheck for $33,333 on the 20th.
He would also receive his March paycheck of $33,333 on March 20, which will mark two months into his administration.
Donald Trump Donates Salary To Charity
Earlier today, Spicer said Trump would donate a lump sum at the end of 2017.
Spicer’s comment was met with laughs from reporters when he said that president wanted them to choose a charity.
“The way that we can avoid scrutiny is to let the press corps determine where it should go.
“In all seriousness, in his view he made a pledge to the American people and he wants to donate it to charity and he’d love your help to determine where it would go. “
Yingst of OANN commented that the money should go toward the journalism scholarships given out each year by the White House Correspondents’ Association.
President Trump has already announced that he will not be attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year.
The event is the biggest fundraiser for those scholarships each year.
Spicer didn’t disclose whether or not the scholarship fund would be an option.