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President Trump donates $78,333 of salary to National Park Service






The White House on YouTube: Press Briefing April 3, 2017

President Donald Trump has vowed to donate his salary to charity and his first charity of choice is the National Park Service.

The White House presented a check of $78,333 to Secretary Ryan Zinke, the new leader of the Department of the Interior, at a press briefing on Monday. The amount covers Trump's first quarterly earnings since he took office on January 20.

"We have 417 national parks, we have 562 federally recognized Indian nations, 567 wildlife refuges, and 221 wilderness areas," Zinke said during the briefing. "And I'm the steward of our nation's finest and most majestic holdings."

Zinke appears to have misspoke on two of those figures. There are 567 recognized tribes and more than 562 wildlife refuges.

Trump is seeking to cut Interior's budget by 12 percent. His $78,333 donation would make up for 0.005 percent of the $1.5 billion he is proposing to take from the department.

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