While supporting a health care bill that will take insurance away from millions, President Donald Trump is hanging on to his presidential paychecks and donating them at the end of the year.
During the White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer admitted that Trump has not been donating his presidential salary, but that he plans to do so at the end of the year.
Spicer was asked if the President donated his February paycheck like he promised. The Press Secretary answered, “The intention right now is to donate his salary at the end of the year, and he has kindly asked that you all help to determine where that goes. It a way to avoid scrutiny is to let the press corps determine where it should go. In all seriousness, I think his view is, he made a pledge to the American people that he would donate it to charity, and he would like your help to determine where it goes.”
What happens to his paychecks until the end of the year?
In this day and age, it would have been easy for Trump to set up a trust for the salary to go into, and then ask reporters to choose the charity that it will be donated to at the end of the year. However, this has never been how Trump has handled charity. If the president is donating the money, he should not be profiting from it in any way.
The reporter asked the correct first question, but a better question is if Trump isn’t donating the money until the end of the year, where is his paycheck going right now?
Donald Trump is supporting a health care bill that would take health insurance away from millions of children, seniors, and persons with disabilities while hanging on to his presidential paychecks until the end of the year.
What Trump is doing is morally wrong, and it reminds the country that this president is only interested in himself.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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