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Trump refuses to prove he is not taking salary

Trump refuses to prove he is not taking salaryU.S. President Donald Trump has ignored requests for proof he is donating his $400,000 annual salary to charity, despite promises he made during his campaign to waive the pay package, The Independent said on Monday.

Inquiries about the promise, made by MSNBC and placed at the White House, the Treasury Department and the Office of Personnel, were ignored or waved away.

If he is in fact drawing the salary, Trump would have received his first $33,333 pay packet in January, and be pocketing another cheque on March 20.

In a interview on CBS, conducted two days after his triumph over Hillary Clinton, the billionaire tycoon doubled down on his campaign commitment to draw "no salary".

"I think have to by law take $1, so I'll take $1 a year... no, I'm not going to take the salary. I'm not taking it," Trump said at the moment.

Under Constitutional law, the President must be paid the salary by law, which "shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected".

As such, a White House spokesperson subsequently suggested he would be drawing a wage but then donating it.

"He is required to get a paycheck but will be giving it back to [the] Treasury or donating," Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the website Politifact. But to date, no evidence has been provided for any of these claims.

Past Presidents to eschew a salary include Herbert Hoover, John F Kennedy, and the country's first ever Head of State, George Washington.

In today's money, those men were worth $82 million, $100 million and $580 million respectively, ranking them all among the 10 richest presidents of all time.

But all these fortunes are dwarfed by Trump's. Though estimates vary wildly, he is thought to be worth some $3.7 billion. That means the Presidential salary is worth just 0.01 per cent of his total fortune.
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