US Republican President-elect Donald Trump has said he will not take “even a dollar” of the salary as President while in the White House. This is what he had insisted prior to his election victory, speaking at an event in September 2015: “The first thing I’m going to do is tell you that if I’m elected president, I’m accepting no salary, okay? That’s not a big deal for me.”
He repeated the claim ina Twitter Q&A in the same month when asked : “Will you forgo the presidential salary if elected?”
He replied: “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.”
The new politician repeated throughout his campaign that he is not controlled by financial backers, in a reference to his opponent Hillary Clinton. Previous wealthy Presidents like Herbert Hoover and John F Kennedy have donated their salaries to charity.