From the start of his campaign, Trump has pledged that he’d put aside his business activities completely if elected, telling “Face The Nation” last October that he’s been “phasing out” his role since the beginning of his campaign:
“Look, I would cut all ties…. I wouldn’t care about it. My kids will run it. I wouldn’t want to expand very much. It wouldn’t matter to me. I have a chance at making America great again; that’s the whole focus.”
But it was another promise he made last year that really caught people’s ears — Trump swore that he would refuse his Presidential salary if elected.
During a speech in Rochester, New Hampshire, last October, the President Elect told the audience that he wouldn’t accept the $400,000 annual salary if elected:
“The first thing I’m going to do is tell you that if I’m elected president, I’m accepting no salary, OK? That’s not a big deal for me.”
Later that week, Trump held a Twitter Q&A where Americans could ask him questions by using the hashtag #AskTrump.
When one user asked if he’d be taking the Presidential salary, Trump replied:
“As far as the salary is concerned — I won’t take even one dollar. I am totally giving up my salary if I become president.”