President-elect Trump is opting to forgo taking a salary as he serves the American people.
In his first television interview as President-elect, the billionaire businessman said he did not even know how much the president earned.
”I’m not going to take the salary. I’m not taking it,” Trump said. ”I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year,” he added.
The president-elect looks to be keeping one promise from the campaign trail where he initially said he wouldn’t take the money because the pay “was not a big deal” for him.
He is now the third U.S. President in history following Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy to not take a salary while serving the American people.
Mr. Trump also took the opportunity to reassure Americans and address protesters that there was no reason to fear his presidency.
”Don’t be afraid. We are going to bring our country back,” he CBS News’ Leslie Stahl.
There has been wide reports of incidents of harassment and intimidation of minorities in the United States since Donald Trump won the November 8th election.
He expressed his disgust on the reports and called for it to end.
“I hate to hear that. I am so saddened to hear that,” Trump said. ”If it helps. I will say this, and I will say it right to the cameras: Stop it.”
President-Elect Trump looked to be backing out of a major campaign promise regarding the repeal of President Obama’s signature healthcare bill, but he reassured his core supporters of what he aimed to do – to adjust the Obamacare instead of doing away with it completely.
He reaffirmed his plans to deport or jail about three million undocumented immigrants and build a wall on the Mexican border.
He also vowed to nominate a Supreme Court judge that would support abortion restrictions and defend the constitutional right to bear arms.