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How many Presidents of the United States of America have refused to take a presidential salary to serve their country?

The same number, since JFK gave his salary to charity, as have made millions by renting golf carts, hotel rooms, and so forth to the Secret Service at private Presidentially owned golf courses and renting rooms in Presidentially- owned hotels to foreign dignitaries……

And the first President to make money by campaigning: “Trump had inked a deal with Tony Robbins, (during his run on the ticket of the Reform Party)the frighteningly upbeat motivational speaker, by which Robbins would pay Trump $1 million to give ten speeches at his seminars around the country. Crucially, Trump had timed his political stops to coincide with Robbins’ seminars, so that he was “making a lot of money” on those campaign stops. “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it,” Trump said. …”\

TMZ reported that as President Trump is making millions: “Taxpayers footed bills totaling $300,675 for golf cart rentals alone, so the Secret Service could follow Trump on the links … this according to federal documents obtained by TMZ.

Many of the expenses emanate from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago excursions. And, get this … since taking office Trump has reportedly spent 153 days at golf properties, which explains why the golf cart rental is sky high.

Since Trump took office, the total expense of his golf outings cost taxpayers an estimated $77 MILLION. “ President Trump Cost Taxpayers More than $300k in Golf Cart Rentals

AND, when he was sworn in as President, he raised the fee to join the Mar-a-Lago golf resort from $100K to 200K, so that his rich cronies could wave to him or have a chat during his frequent golf outings.

Mar-a-Lago membership fee doubles to $200,000 –…/…

Jan 25, 2017 – Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort owned by the Trump Organization, doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 following the election of Donald Trump….”

Trump’s generosity in donating his salary to the Small Business Administration, while using his office as President, and his frequent golfing outings (not to Camp David, the government resort where Presidents from Eisenhower to Obama golfed, at no extra government expense, and with no personal profit) have made him many times more in personal profits than the $400K a year he is giving to the SBA. That amount is also fare less than he has ripped off small businesses in his career as a deadbeat, refusing to pay small businesses.

The Home – WEEK reported: “Despite his fiery rally rhetoric and over-the-top working-class bluster, Trump’s hypocrisy on this score has always been gobsmackingly obvious, since in his former life as a real estate tycoon he left a long trail of small businesses and independent contractors feeling bilked or burned.

Granted, fights between developers and contractors over payments are not uncommon in the construction and real estate business. But consultants and lawyers in the industry say that Trump’s tactics — like using last-minute excuses to either refuse payment or renegotiate terms — were especially cutthroat and petty.”

The Week documents many such refusals to pay, including Trump’s driver of 25 years whom he reused to pay overtime to cabinet maker whom Trump refused to pay the final bill of $84,000. Trump then prevented the cabinet maker from getting other jobs and he went bankrupt.

In another case, “After putting in long hours for a special event at Trump National Doral, a Miami resort, 48 servers had to sue for unpaid overtime. The settlements averaged around $800 per worker, but went as high as $3,000 in one case. On top of that, a paint shop owner named Juan Carlos Enriquez also sued Trump’s business, claiming he never got the final payment for a paint shipment to the same resort. In 2017, after a three-year legal fight, a court found in Enriquez’s favor, and ordered Trump’s company to pay the final $32,000, plus $300,000 in legal fees.” A brief history of Trump’s small-time swindles


Trump is not a generous man; he used charity money for personal use. ABC News reported and is engaged in a lawsuit filed by the state of New York which claims to have evidence of how the Trump Foundation was used to funnel money for personal use.

Wikpedia reports: “Trump originally created the foundation to give his proceeds from his book Trump: The Art of the Deal to charitable causes. However Trump stopped contributing personal funds to the foundation in 2008 and instead solicited donations from outsiders

During the 2016 presidential election campaign, the foundation’s activities came under intense media scrutiny, initially by the Washington Post‘s David Fahrenthold, who went on to win the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his investigatory work. The foundation and its directors have since been accused of committing various ethical and legal violations, including self-dealing

In December 2016, Trump effectively closed the foundation, although New York State officials immediately blocked its legal dissolution pending completion of its then ongoing investigation.”

WE are free to believe Trump that there was no self-dealing but this case is likely to go the way of the Trump University lawsuit: “On November 18, 2016 it was reported that Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle the two class-action lawsuits and the New York suit.” Trump University – Wikipedia

This, despite the fact that Trump claimed that he NEVER settles. In his defense, he argued that the Judge (a natural born US citizen) was a “Mexican.”

And so it goes with swindlers and hypocrites. Meanwhile, Trump is making out like a bandit, as he stated he would in 1999.