Just before President Trump took office he told 60 Minutes that he would accept just $1 dollar a year while he serves in the White House.
“I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year. I don’t even know what is is. Do you know what the salary is?”
Trump initially hinted that he wanted to put the $400,000 bank into the treasury but recently White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters "the president's intention right now is to donate his salary at the end of the year."
Federal law states that the President receive $33,000 a month. While that salary may appear to be unimaginable for most Americans, it's merely pennies for the President who has a networth of $3.7 billion.
It's not a shock that the President has decided to donate the money. Former Presidents who did similar acts, like John F. Kennedy, gave the salary to charities. However, the media is utterly SHOCKED by Trump's method of deciding which charity will receive the cash.
That's right, Trump stunned the media by offering an olive branch. Spicer faced the White House Press Room and said "He [Trump] has kindly asked that you all help determine where that goes."
"The way that we can avoid scrutiny is to let the press corps determine where it should go," he continued.
Details on the selection process have not been released by the White House. Spicer did say that the treasury department will hand over the $400,000 at the end of the year. It's unlikely that the media will join together and cast votes for the lucky charity. Instead, Trump's team will probably work with the Press room and perhaps take polls to determine which candidate is best suited.
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