VERIFY: Yes, Trump has never taken a presidential paycheck

The President has donated seven checks, $78,333 after taxes each, to different government agencies. He has not yet announced who will receive his final check from 2018.

VERIFY: Yes, Trump has never taken a presidential paycheck

Author: Eliana Block

Published: 1:54 PM EST February 12, 2019

Updated: 11:45 PM EST February 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — The magic of Verify starts with our viewers. We fact-check your questions about the viral things you read on social media.

After a recent segment, verifying that taxpayers do indeed, foot the bill for the president to travel to his own campaign rallies, lots of viewers messaged the team saying: “So what? President Trump has never taken a salary in office.”

Well, we hear you, and that is 100 percent true.

Under 3 U.S. Code § 102, the president's annual salary is $400,000.

For the past two years, Trump has donated his salary to government agencies, during a televised press briefing with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

After taxes, each agency took home a check for $78,333 dollars and some change:

National Park Service- received 1Q 2017 paycheck on April 3, 2017

Department of Education- received 2Q 2017 paycheck on July 26, 2017

Department of Health and Human Services- received 3Q 2017 paycheck on November 30, 2017

Department of Transportation- received 4Q 2017 paycheck on February 13, 2018

Department of Veterans Affairs- received 1Q 2018 paycheck on May 17, 2018

Small Business Administration- received 2Q 2018 paycheck on October 3, 2018

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH)- received Q3 2018 paycheck on January 25, 2018.

Trump has not yet announced where his last paycheck of 2018 will go.

He is not the first president to donate some or all of his salary to charity.

Our researchers analyzed Obama's tax returns and from 2008-2015, Obama donated more than $1.2 million to charity.

Between 2001-2007 former President George W. Bush donated $618,090 to charity.

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