© Win McNamee/Getty Images President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
“I give away my presidential salary,” Trump told reporters at a gathering of his Cabinet. “They say no other president has done it. I’m surprised, to be honest with you. They say George Washington may have been the only other president to do that. See whether or not Obama gave up his salary. See whether or not all of the other of your favorites, your other favorites gave up their salary. The answer is no.”
Trump also didn’t have his historical facts straight when saying no other commander in chief gave up their presidential paycheck.
Thirty-first president Herbert Hoover was the first American executive-in-chief to refuse a salary. Hoover was a multi-millionaire before assuming office from a previous career as an engineer and businessman and donated his paycheck to charitable causes.
Kennedy refused both his congressional salary from the House and Senate and his presidential salary, though he kept his $50,000 expense account for “public entertaining he must do as President.”