Last night, President-elect Donald Trump’s 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl aired on CBS.
The conversation touched on a wide range of topics and included Trump; his wife, Melania; and his three older children, Donald, Eric and Ivanka.
At one point, the conversation turns to the presidential salary—$400,000 a year—and his stance on vacations throughout his term.
On taking vacations, he said:
We have so much work. There’s so much work to be done. And I want to get it done for the people. I want to get it done. We’re lowering taxes, we’re taking care of health care. I mean, there’s just so much to be done. So I don’t think we’ll be very big on vacations, no.
Then, when asked about taking the salary, he essentially says he wouldn’t be taking a salary.
Well, I’ve never commented on this, but the answer is no. I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year. … No, I’m not gonna take the salary. I’m not taking it.
Stahl also asked him about his tax returns, and he said he would release them “at the appropriate time.”
At the appropriate time, I will release them. But right now I’m under routine audit. Nobody cares. The only one who cares is, you know, you and a few people that asked that question. Obviously, the public didn’t care because I won the election very easily. So they don’t care. I never thought they did care.
The full transcript of the interview can be found here.