President Donald Trump pledged to donate his salary to charity and has selected the National Park Service as a recipient of $78,333–a quarter of the presidential salary he declared to take.
The National Park Service is under the purview of the Department of Interior, which is headed up by former Montana Congressman and Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke.
“President Trump is dedicated to our veterans, our public lands, and keeping his promises, and by donating his salary to the National Park Service to repair our historic battlefields proves his commitment,” Secretary Zinke said in a statement. “These historic places tell the story of conflicts that helped shape our country’s history, and they also honor the many men and women who have given their lives in service of this great nation. I’m honored to help the president carry out his love and appreciation for our warriors and land.”
These funds will go to the direct maintenance of historical national battlefields.
Shortly after he was elected in November, Trump appeared on 60 Minutes and hinted he wouldn’t take a presidential salary. Article 2, Section 1, Clause 7–also known as the “Emoluments Clause” –is laid out below:
The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be encreased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.
This is a bold move in the right direction. What say you?