During his campaign, Donald Trump pledged to forego a presidential paycheck. Ten weeks into his presidency, he has held true to his word.
President Trump has instead vowed to donate his annual salary of $400,000 to charity. His first installment of $78,333 was granted to the National Park Service.
On Monday night during the daily briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer presented the check to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Harpers Ferry park superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg.
“These historic places tell the story of conflicts that helped shape our country’s history, and they also honor the many men and women who have given their lives in service of this great nation,” Spicer said. “I’m honored to help the president carry out his love and appreciation for our warriors and land.”
However, Zinke, didn’t seem to be fooled by the president’s small gift, hinting that $78,333 won’t even make a the slightest of an impact:
“We’re about $229 million behind in deferred maintenance on our battlefields alone,” Zinke said.
Naturally it was a bittersweet moment for the Park Service, receiving $78,333 from the same individual whose proposed budget would cut their Interior Department’s Budget by nearly $2 billion.