Is Donald Trump Actually Donating His Presidential Salary

By:  @jwc2blue, 6 months ago
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He won’t show the public any paperwork that says so.

The wording of the Constitution is clear: Article 2, Section 1, Clause 7, also known as the Compensation Clause, dictates that the president must receive a fixed salary during his time in office, which cannot be changed, eliminated, or refused during the duration of his presidency. The purpose of the clause, wrote Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 73, is to ensure the president’s financial independence from outside forces. “They can neither weaken his fortitude by operating on his necessities, nor corrupt his integrity by appealing to his avarice,” he wrote.

Donald Trump, of course, has other income sources. The president retains his financial stake in the Trump Organization and, while he has handed operations over to his two adult sons, continues to profit from their business dealings all around the world. When his private Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, raised its initiation fee to $200,000 in the wake of his election, that money went into Trump’s pocket—just as it does every time that tourists and lobbyists alike book rooms at the newly opened Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. He also has a long history of making public displays of donating said profits, though the evidence of his professed charity has never been as obvious.

So it came as no surprise when Trump declared that he would refuse his $400,000 yearly salary as president. (Upon learning that he was constitutionally required to accept the money, he amended his statement, saying via a spokeswoman that he would accept $1 and either give the rest back to the U.S. Treasury or donate it to charity.)

Nor does it come as a surprise now, in the wake of Trump’s first pay cycle as president, that MSNBC reports there is no evidence that Trump has fulfilled his promise. With his second monthly check set to arrive any day, neither the White House, the Treasury Department, nor the Office of Personnel Management, were able to furnish any details or documentation as to where Trump’s first $33,333 monthly paycheck had gone, nor where his next paycheck would go. (On Monday afternoon, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the president would donate his salary at the end of the year “and he’s asked that you all determine where it goes.”)

It would not be the first time that the Trump administration has declined to offer any details of the president’s finances. Trump’s tax returns, which he promised on the campaign trail to eventually release, will not be forthcoming, according to aides. And the White House has yet to provide any evidence of what the Trump Organization is doing with the money it receives from foreign governments and dignitaries at its hotels—payments that could be in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. A lawyer for Trump previously argued that such payments should be exempt from the rule, since such revenues would represent a “fair value exchange,” not a gift or emolument.

Trump promised to donate any proceeds to the Treasury Department anyway. “The plan was released by Trump’s private law firm, Morgan Lewis,” MSNBC notes, “but no system or accounting has been released for how or when such donations will be processed or disclosed.” Perhaps, like he did before when accepting money meant for charity, Trump is saving up to buy more $20,000 portraits

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link   jwc2blue    6 months ago

Another dodge from the Crook in Chief.

link   Kavika  replied to  jwc2blue   6 months ago

Perhaps his paycheck is going to one of his ''advisors''.....

A. Macarthur
link   A. Macarthur    6 months ago

What's actually happening; he will receive his salary from the Treasury and give all but $1 to a charity (possibly his own Foundation) at the end of the tax year. 

By doing so, he gets to claim a deduction … WHICH DEPRIVES THE U.S. TREASURY OF ANOTHER $150,000 or so!


… and pissed in our faces while telling us "it's raining" …

Am I being a "f*cking smug liberal" -- or, am I (figuratively) handing Trump suckers their asses?

link   jwc2blue  replied to  A. Macarthur   6 months ago

I have to say that when I saw that part, my first  thought  was that this is classic Drumpf misdirection.  Kick the can down the road and hope that we all forget. 

link   Randy  replied to  A. Macarthur   6 months ago

So, in effect, he has manged to give himself, by using his foundation, a $150,000 a year raise in Presidential salary.

link   jwc2blue  replied to  Randy   6 months ago

I'm not certain Randy, but I think that his slush fund, I mean "foundation" is virtually on lockdown while it's being investigated.

A. Macarthur
link   A. Macarthur  replied to  Randy   6 months ago


So, in effect, he has manged to give himself, by using his foundation, a $150,000 a year raise in Presidential salary.

And instead of saving the tax payer $399,000 a year as he bullshits about it … HE'S ACTUALLY COSTING us $549,000!

And who among the right-wing will call him out for both being a liar, while at the same time, making himself appear to be charitable and caring about the taxpayer!

link   Randy  replied to  A. Macarthur   6 months ago

Sneaky bastard. Not surprising, but still nasty.

No Fear
link   No Fear    6 months ago

I think DJT should take his presidential salary, convert it to cash then drop it off the top of Trump Tower and see where it lands.

Now that would be a helluva not more fun that donating it.



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