US President, Donald Trump will donate his annual presidential salary of $400 000 to charity by year’s end, spokesperson Sean Spicer said on Monday – and he even wants the media he often criticizes to help him choose a worthwhile cause.
“The President’s intention is to donate his salary at the end of the year,” Spicer told reporters at his daily briefing. “He made a pledge to the American people.”
“He kindly asked that you all help determine where that goes,” he continued – a rather unusual statement from a White House that has made hostile confrontation with the media a near-daily occurrence.
“The way that we can avoid scrutiny is to let the press corps determine where it should go,” Spicer said with a hint of irony, perhaps in reference to past media scrutiny of Trump’s donations and the management of his family foundation.
In the past, Herbert Hoover and John F Kennedy also donated their presidential salaries to charity.