Nobody paid much attention on September 17th, 2015, when then long-shot presidential candidate Donald Trump said he wouldn’t accept a salary if elected president.
After he won the election last November, however, people did hear him repeated his promise to Lesley Stahl on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Watch:
Are you gonna take the salary, the president’s salary?
Well, I’ve never commented on this, but the answer is no. 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?
$400,000 you’re giving up.
No, I’m not gonna take the salary. I’m not taking it.
Not only had he in fact commented on “this” before, but he also was mistaken about the “law,” in this case Article II of U. S. Constitution, which states the following:
The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.
In 2001, Congress doubled the salary to its current level along with a $169,000 expense account.
This may be Trump change, but it wouldn’t be if he ironed out his conflicts of interest.
What’s more, in his three trips to Mar-a-Lago in his first month as alleged president, Trump has blown through well over $9 million, which by law should have lasted him 15 years when he turns 85, which, with his stamina level, steady diet of fast food, and crackerjack medical care should be a piece of cake for him.
To make matters worse, there’s no proof from the White House that Trump is in fact foregoing his monthly pittance.
So, is he, or isn’t he? Should he, or shouldn’t he? At least this much is clear: $400,000 is 23,612,904 in rubles.
File this one under “Y” for “You Get What You Pay For.”
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