Donald Trump: ‘I’ll Take $1 a Year’ As President

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.

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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.

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