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Trump is donating his first-quarter salary to the National Park Service while trying to slash the department’s budget

Interior secretary Ryan Zinke accepts Trump's check at a White House press conference.
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Interior secretary Ryan Zinke accepts Trump’s check at a White House press conference.
By Max de Haldevang
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Donald Trump has a mixed record of success on his campaign promises—but April 3 marked one pledge kept: to forego a salary as US president. In a mini-presentation ceremony in a White House press conference, press secretary Sean Spicer announced Trump would donate his salary from the first quarter, totaling $78,333, to the National Park Service.

Interior secretary Ryan Zinke said he was “thrilled” by the donation and would put it toward upkeep of national battlefields, where he said his department is “about $229 million behind in deferred maintenance.”

That means Trump is putting up 0.03% of what the battlefields need out of his own pocket. By contrast, he wants to cut the Department of the Interior’s 2018 fiscal year budget by 11.7%, or $1.6 billion.

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