Will Trump let go of his salary as promised?

US President Barack Obama (R) meets with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss transition plans in the White House Oval Office in Washington, US, November 10, 2016. (Reuters)

US President-elect Donald Trump during an event held on Sep. 17, 2015 promised his supporters that he will let go of his salary if he won elections.

In the September event in Rochester, New Hampshire, Trump said: “The first thing I’m going to do is tell you that if I’m elected president, I’m accepting no salary, okay? That’s not a big deal for me.”

Trump also reiterated his stance, in a short video posted to his Twitter account as part of a question-and-answer session at Twitter’s New York headquarters in the same month last year, when he said: “I won’t take even one dollar. I’m totally giving up my salary if I become president.”

But now after the Republican won his landslide victory against the Democrat’s Candidate Hillary Clinton, is the president-elect going to forego his salary?

If Trump, whose wealth estimated to be around $4.5 billion, refuses his salary as a US president, he will be joining late US Presidents Herbert hoover - appointed in 1929 - and John F. Kennedy - in 1961 – who both gave up their salaries to charities.

The US gives an annual $400,000 salary to its leader with a $50,000 additional allowance.

*This article also appears on AlArabiya.net.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52