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Trump Will Refuse $400,000 Yearly Presidential Salary

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President-elect Donald Trump, who was known to Americans for decades as a brash billionaire real estate developer-turned-reality TV star before winning the White House, will not take the annual $400,000 salary.

"No, I'm not going to take the salary. I'm not taking it,” Trump told CBS.

Trump also said he doesn't plan on taking many golf trips.

"There's just so much to be done," Trump said. "So I don't think we'll be very big on vacations, no."

Before winning the election, Trump often criticized President Barack Obama for taking vacations.

“Obama is on yet another two-day West Coast fundraising swing. Has to fit it in before his 15 day tax-payer funded vacation,” Trump tweeted in July 2014.

“The Obama's Spain vacation cost taxpayers over $476K. They love to spend money,” Trump wrote in April 2012.

Trump has even criticized Obama for taking a vacation and doubted the president's birthplace in the same tweet.

“Pres. Obama is about to embark on a 17 day vacation in his ‘native’ Hawaii, putting Secret Service away from families on Christmas. Aloha!” Trump wrote in December 2013.

Although Trump said he doesn't plan on vacationing very often, The New York Times reported that he's looking into spending less time at the White House than past presidents.

Trump usually resides at his penthouse in Manhattan or his lavish resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

He also plans to spend time on the road to hold political rallies, a crucial part of his campaign strategy that fueled his popularity.

“I think Trump has discovered that these rallies are tremendous opportunities for him to get his message out,” Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of the conservative Newsmax Media, told The New York Times. “It’s actually sort of old-fashioned, that you want to actually meet people and press the flesh with him.” 

Sources: CBS NewsDonald J. Trump/TwitterThe New York Times / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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