President Trump is a very rich man worth billions of dollars. The last thing he needs is the six figure salary that comes with being President of the United States.
He was willing to do the job for free, but the rules state he has to be paid and, thus, he decided to donate his entire salary.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — who is also very wealthy — said Wednesday that the president decided to donate the second quarter of his salary to the Department of Education.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders presented DeVos with a $100,000 check at the White House press briefing Wednesday. According to DeVos, the donation will help fund a camp to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.
“Today’s and tomorrow’s economy requires students prepared for STEM careers,” DeVos said at the briefing. “That’s why we’ve decided to use the president’s second quarter salary to host a STEM-focused camp for students at the Department of Education.”
Secretary DeVos and Ivanka Trump attended an event Tuesday with a group of young girls at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to promote women choosing careers in STEM. They read “Rosie Revere, Engineer” to the kids, who were campers at Boys & Girls Club and YMCA STEM programs.
Trump donated last quarter’s salary to the National Park Service to help improve the nation’s historic battlefields.
About Betsy DeVos
Elisabeth Dee DeVos (born January 8, 1958) is an American businesswoman, politician, and activist who is the 11th and current United States Secretary of Education.
DeVos is a member of the Republican Party known for her support for school choice, school voucher programs, and charter schools. She was Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997 and served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000, with reelection to the post in 2003. DeVos has been an advocate of the Detroit charter school system and she is a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She has served as chairwoman of the board of the Alliance for School Choice and the Acton Institute and headed the All Children Matter PAC.
DeVos is married to Dick DeVos, the former CEO of multi-level marketing company Amway, and is the daughter-in-law of billionaire and Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. Her brother, Erik Prince, a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer, is the founder of Blackwater USA. DeVos is the daughter of Edgar Prince, founder of the Prince Corporation. In 2016, the DeVos family was listed by Forbes as the 88th richest family in America, with an estimated net worth of $5.4 billion.
On November 23, 2016, then President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his administration. On January 31, following strong opposition to the nomination from Democrats, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved her nomination on a party-line vote, sending her nomination to the Senate floor. On February 7, 2017, DeVos was confirmed by the Senate by a 51–50 margin, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie in favor of DeVos’s nomination. This was the first time in U.S. history that a Cabinet nominee’s confirmation was decided by a vice president’s tie-breaking vote.
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