President Trump has donated his $100,000 quarterly paycheck to the Department of Homeland Security. As a candidate, President Trump said he would not accept a paycheck for being president.
However, it is a law that the president’s salary must be paid out, so he accepts the money but writes a check to a different department every quarter. He is only the third president not to take their salary. The other two were Herbert Hoover, who was worth $4 million dollars in the early 1900s and JFK, who was worth $100 million at the time of his death.
President Trump is the richest man ever elected to the presidency, with a net worth of 3.5 billion dollars.
“While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security,” Trump tweeted. “If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!”
Trump posted a photo of the check, which was dated March 12 and paid to the order of the Department of Homeland Security. It was signed by Trump, whose address was listed as Trump Tower on New York City’s Fifth Avenue.
While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security. If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA! pic.twitter.com/xqIGUOwh4x
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
Homeland Security is comprised of several different agencies or organizations that focus on securing the U.S. and its citizens. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are among those included under the department umbrella.