On Monday, Sean Spicer handed a check for $78,333 to Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is in charge of the National Parks Service. This money came directly from President Donald Trump’s quarterly salary. Secretary Zinke was thrilled by this donation, which will go directly to maintenance for the nation’s battlefields.
Instead of appreciating the gift for what it is, an act of generosity (which is only heightened by the fact that this is a time of budget cuts, and President Trump is donating money to one of the very departments which is getting a budget cut), liberals are up in arms, claiming that the ‘meager’ $80k he is donating does not cover the expenses of him being at the White House. Ridiculous, considering that shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, there were were tweets by the National Parks Service depicting him in a negative light and HE STILL decided to donate his salary to them. Whether it was President Trump at the White House or someone else, the money would be spent either way, so this line of thought is just pointless.
US President Donald Trump is donating his first quarterly salary to the National Parks Service, a White House spokesman has said. Sean Spicer on Monday handed a cheque for $78,333 (£62,786) to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who oversees national parks and monuments. Mr Trump clashed with the National Park Service shortly after he sworn into office. The agency was temporarily banned from its Twitter account for retweeting images comparing Mr Trump and former President Barack Obama’s inaugurations.
During the presidential campaign, Mr Trump vowed to give up his annual salary of $400,000 if elected. Last month, Mr Spicer said the president would donate his entire salary at the end of the year, asking members of the media to weigh in on what he did with the cash to “avoid scrutiny”. But Mr Trump’s move was still scrutinised on social media, with users noting that his donation would pay for something as little as two hours of security at his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago or half a day’s worth of security at Trump Tower.