President Donald Trump has been compared to Theodore Roosevelt on several occasions, even by former House Speaker John Boehner. Now, Trump has done something with his salary that would have made Teddy proud.
According to CNN, President Trump planned to donate his entire first-quarter salary to the National Park Service.
All $78,333.32 of President Trump’s money will be going to maintain our National Park system, the first President Roosevelt’s signature legacy.
“It’s straight up. Every penny that the president received from the first quarter,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during a press briefing Monday. “The president is personally proud to contribute the first quarter of his salary to the important mission of the Park Service, which is preserving our country’s national security.”
Just to drive the point home, Spicer handed a check to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Harper’s Ferry historical site superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg.
Interior Secretary Zinke said the money will go toward preserving historic battlefields all across the country.
“We’re about $229 million behind in deferred maintenance on our battlefields alone … We’re excited about that opportunity,” Zinke said.
Trump originally announced that he would be donating his salary during a “60 Minutes” interview just after he won the presidency:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 14, 2016
“I’ve never commented on this, but the answer is no,” Trump said when asked about his pay.
“I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year. But it’s a — I don’t even know what it is. Do you know what the salary is?” he asked interviewer Leslie Stahl.
“Four hundred thousand, you’re giving up,” Stahl responded.
“No, I’m not going to take the salary,” he said. “I’m not taking it.”
Trump is one of only two presidents who have decided to donate their salary, according to Independent Journal. Both John F. Kennedy and Herbert Hoover were independently wealthy when they took the office, and both donated their paychecks to charity.
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