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Trump has donated his first-quarter salary to the National Parks Service

White House press secretary Sean Spicer (right) gave Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (left) the first quarter check of U.S. President Donald Trump's salary, which he donated to the National Park Service, on Monday during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C. Tyrone Brandyburg (center), Harpers Ferry National Historical Park superintendent, looks on. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

During Monday's White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer announced that President Donald Trump has donated his first three months pay to the National Park Service.

"The president has spoken with counsel and made the decision to donate his first-quarter salary to a government entity," Spicer told reporters.

Spicer then presented a check for $78,333.32 to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, saying that the check is Trump's salary, which began on January 20.

According to The Hill, Zinke said the donated money will go to helping maintain historic battlefield sites.

“We're going to dedicate it and put it against the infrastructure of our nation's battlefields,” Zinke said. “We're about $229 million behind in deferred maintenance on our battlefields alone.”

Donating his salary is in keeping with a promise Trump had made on the campaign trail, saying that he would not take the president's $400,000 annual salary should he win. Furthermore, Spicer had left deciding where the money should be donated up to the White House Press Corps, however, the choice to donate to the National Parks Service was made by Trump himself.

“It's a decision he made. Counsel presented him with several options. He believed . . . some great work is being done there, especially work being done to restore our great battlegrounds,” Spicer said.


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