WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has chosen to donate his salary for the first quarter of the year – $78,333 – to the National Park Service, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a briefing Monday afternoon.
“It is every penny that the president received from the first quarter to the day,” Spicer said. “It’s from Jan. 20, noon, forward.”
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who attended the news conference, said that the money would be put toward the maintenance of historic battlefields. The park service maintains dozens of sites connected to battlefields of the Civil War and other conflicts.
“We’re going to dedicate it and put it against the infrastructure of our nation’s battlefields,” Zinke said. “We’re about $229 million behind in deferred maintenance on our battlefields alone.”
That announcement marked another change in the president’s plans for his $400,000 annual salary.
During the presidential campaign, Trump had said he would not accept a salary if he won the White House. But the Constitution requires…