“I’m not going to the take the salary,” he said on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in November. That was a gratuitous claim as there was no precedent for the President not taking his salary. Hillary and Bernie had never said they wouldn’t take their salary if elected. Not one Republican has suggested that the Presidential salary would be forfeited. Yet Donald Trump felt compelled to say this.
MSNBC requested details and documentation about any salary donations from the White House, the Treasury Department and the Office of Personnel Management, which all declined to say whether Trump has donated any of his salary to date. (OPM referred questions to the White House.) Last month, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the website Politifact that Trump “will be giving” his salary “back to Treasury or donating.” The site noted the White House “declined to answer several inquiries into whether Trump has gotten a paycheck already.” In addition, T”rump indicated that he would “donate all profits from foreign governments’ patronage of his hotels and similar businesses” to the Treasury Department. The plan was released by Trump’s private law firm, Morgan Lewis, but no system or accounting has been released for how or when such donations will be processed or disclosed.
It seems that Donald Trump has abandoned any attempt to tell the truth. He feels no remorse or accountability to the American people. His lies are perpetual and unnecessary. It is a sad day for America when our President lies more often than he tells the truth. It seems that if he tells the truth, it was purely by accident.