Trump’s first lie and repudiated promise

Trump insisted that he would take no salary as President.

Now he says he’ll take $1 a year. Because he has to, it’s necessary to create the contract.

See, Trump lies!

33 thoughts on “Trump’s first lie and repudiated promise”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    He could donate a dollar to some charity for fallen veterans. Or better yet the Little Sisters of the Poor.

  2. I don’t think it is a contractual position; surely it’s governed by the Constitution?

    Consideration is only needed to create a contract by agreement. By law the presidency has a formal method of institution (swearing the oath) which brings the powers and obligations into force, so consideration (payment of a salary) is not required.

  3. He appears to be walking back on going after Clinton. The Clintons are now “good people”.

    Sorry voters, you ain’t got no leverage now.

  4. SMFS: He could donate a dollar to some charity for fallen veterans. Or better yet the Little Sisters of the Poor.

    Or better still, The Clinton Foundation?

  5. This is trolling extraordinaire. Expect more of the same. E.g. easy way to reduce corp tax to 22% – say “bring in line with Sweden’s” before announcing that it’s a massive cut.

    And it turns out that the Swiss government donated $500k to the Clinton foundation at the height of the tax conflict, when Clinton was at State and the main negotiation partner. So even if it wasn’t influence peddling (cough), donors clearly thought it was….

  6. The Inimitable Steve

    abacab – hot take: Swiss bankers, Saudi princes and Russian mining oligarchs suddenly lost interest in helping the Clinton Foundation fight AIDS as of last Wednesday.

  7. @Steve.

    Indeed. It was hilarious reading in the paper that “there are better ways to donate to development help than through an ex president’s foundation, and for a neutral country to do this is dangerous. Imagine the outcry if they’d donated to a Bush-led foundation”.

  8. I think it’s actually against US law to work for the government without pay. There were a lot of ‘dollar a year’ businessmen during WW2 for that reason.

  9. The Inimitable Steve

    abacab – Google translate doesn’t want to work on that site and my German is limited to stock phrases from Commando comics and:

    Hast Du etwas Zeit für mich
    Dann singe ich ein Lied für Dich

  10. bilbaoboy:
    “And over at Guido we get an idea of how many illegals the current administration shipped out…”

    I read somewhere that the Obama “deportation” figures were mere “toughness” spin because they changed the definition to include persons turned away at the border. Actual number of illegals removed from within US borders quite low.

  11. “I read somewhere that the Obama “deportation” figures were mere “toughness” spin because they changed the definition to include persons turned away at the border. Actual number of illegals removed from within US borders quite low.”

    Now make them eat it. They either have to accept that Barry deported 3M (i.e. 1M more than the Trump figure) or they have to accept that the figures were….erm… massaged and thus less than truthful.

  12. TiS likes Rammstein. Educational, the things you can learn from blogs. Mebbe there ought to be some sort of equation thingy to measure them, or some type of grant to write them, perhaps a list of approved topics?

  13. RE: deportations.

    As well as the caveat mentioned (a possible change in the counting) I’d also hesitate on the figures due to:

    a) the porous southern border meaning someone deported can quickly return, so how many of these are repeat offenders?

    b) are the figures for deportations or merely deportation orders. It is reported that there are over 900k immigrants awaiting deportation.

  14. Because he has to, it’s necessary to create the contract.

    That’s not what he said. He said he thinks its a legal obligation to take something – though you’d think as a businessman that he’d know there’s no negotiation on these things. He’s going to have to take the whole salary no matter what. He can give it away if he chooses, there’s no option to turn it down any more than there is one to negotiate for more.

  15. Thomas Fuller
    November 14, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Typical. Just another trougher.

    Was there ever any doubt? I mean, he’s a New York businessman.

  16. Bluekollar
    November 14, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I think it’s actually against US law to work for the government without pay. There were a lot of ‘dollar a year’ businessmen during WW2 for that reason.

    Its not. In fact, the Federal government can ignore Federal Minimum Wage laws as it sees fit. There are laws that require the government to pay ‘prevailing wages’ – but that doesn’t stop someone from *directly contracting* to work for free, only requires any employees get paid at the work location’s ‘prevailing wage’ (an attempt to stop contractors from bringing in out of area workers to work in a union dominated location).

  17. I haven’t seen the email but according to infowars :-

    Amount given to Clinton Foundation/Global Initiative (CGI)

    United Kingdom £50,000,000 ($78,000,000) Access for key UK officials and UK businesses to key U.S.government policymakers.

    So who in the UK Government authorised this ?

  18. TRUMP: “Let’s get that Muslim Band going.”
    “Band? We thought you said ban”
    TRUMP: “No way, that’s harsh. Also, how’s that Mexican mall coming along?”

  19. @ Nautical Nick – probably. It was my brother (called Steve, as it happens) who was studying those particular language courses. I always liked it when the illustrator drew someone in their terrified last moments whilst the balloon writer gave them a whole paragraph to utter.

  20. I seem to recall that no-one in the Federal government, including Congress and the Senate, can be paid more than the President. So one Trump compromise could be to negotiate the Presidential salary down to $87,000 – half the salary of a US senator – and then give it away to charity if he like, but he’s already saving the Federal government a chunk of money. What’s not to like?

  21. Bloke in North Dorset

    “abacab – Google translate doesn’t want to work on that site ”

    Use Vivaldi and then click on he button at the op right and select this page. Its an instant translation.

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