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Trump to let media select the place he donates his wage

US President Donald Trump attends a meeting about healthcare in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on 13 March, 2017.

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President Trump has not chosen a trigger to donate his wage to, and needs the media to select one

US President Donald Trump will donate his $400,000 (£329,620) wage to charity on the finish of 2017, his spokesman has confirmed.

And in an surprising twist, he desires the White Home press corps to determine the place it ought to go.

Earlier than taking workplace, Mr Trump instructed CBS’s 60 Minutes that he wouldn’t declare his presidential wage.

It was confirmed that it will be donated after a number of media shops requested if he was holding that pledge.

White Home Press Secretary Sean Spicer instructed a press briefing: “The President’s intention proper now could be to donate his wage on the finish of the 12 months, and he has kindly requested that you simply all decide the place that goes.”

Mr Spicer joked that letting the media select a beneficiary can be “a method to keep away from scrutiny”.

“In all seriousness, I feel his view is he made a pledge to the American individuals he desires to donate it to charity and he’d love your assist to find out the place it ought to go,” Mr Spicer instructed the press.

The president’s wage has been fastened at $400,000 a 12 months since 2001. Mr Trump had beforehand stated he would take solely $1 a 12 months, as a result of the president is required by regulation to obtain a wage.

It’s unclear which organisation the press corps will select to assist.

Recommendations have included organising a fund for journalism scholarships through the White Home Correspondents’ Affiliation.

Mr Trump will not be the primary US chief to forego a wage. Herbert Hoover, who made his fortune in mining earlier than taking workplace, and John F Kennedy, who inherited his wealth, each donated their pay to charity.