Trump is not the first U.S. president to forgo his income while in White House. But more moderate Republicans are less enthusiastic and worry they could be forced to choose between opposing the president or backing reductions in popular programs such as aid for disabled children and hot meals for the elderly.
Reporters Monday demanded to know exactly when they can trust the president’s words, and when they should not.
In fact, Mr Spicer said, when Mr Trump charged in a Twitter post last weekend that Mr Obama “had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower”, he was referring generally to surveillance during the campaign – not to an actual telephone wiretap. As the Politifact report notes, President George Washington also tried to decline to accept a salary when he was he was sworn in as the first elected President back in 1789.
“The President’s goal is to provide health care coverage to every American”, Spicer insisted before arguing that Trump meant the option to buy insurance rather than enough financial support to do so.
“It is interesting how many news outlets reported that this activity was taking place during the 2016 election cycle and now are wondering where the proof is”.
“I’m never going to rule out Donald Trump making a controversy about something that doesn’t need to be”, former Democratic National Committee spokesman Michael Czin said.
“Now, it was bad for the economy”.
Perhaps the most over-the-top offensive, bogus argument being made by Republicans is that we simply can not afford it. “Stahl reminded the president-elect, “[That’s] $400,000 you’re giving up”.
“I’ll leave it to them to issue their report, but I think he feels very confident that what will ultimately come of this will vindicate him”.
“(Experienced reporters) ask questions that are sharper, more informed”, Garrett said, “not, ‘What’s your message today?’ Not, ‘Here’s a paintbrush – would you paint us a pretty picture?'” Unemployment, to be factual, is now at 4.7 percent.
CNN’s Jim Acosta asked: “Would you concede that there will be some coverage losses, perhaps in the millions? It’s a question of theirs”, Spicer said. Spicer says Trump’s tweets should be open to interpretation instead of focusing on the term wiretapping-which is what the president tweeted.
Donald Trump’s “America First” mantra apparently starts at the top.