WASHINGTON, D.C. — Donald Trump and his children both said they’re not sweating any negative impact on their family’s businesses resulting from a long and contentious campaign — or from backlash to the President-elect.
“I don’t think it matters. This is so much more important, and more serious,” Ivanka Trump said.
Her father added, “I think what Ivanka’s trying to say, ‘Who cares? Who cares?’ This is big league stuff. … We’re going to save our country. I don’t care about hotel occupancy. It’s peanuts compared to what we’re doing.”
Trump isn’t putting his family’s business in a blind trust — leaving it to his children instead — but does plan to turn down the salary typically paid to presidents.
“I’ve never commented on this, but the answer is no. I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year. But it’s a — I don’t even know what it is,” Trump said, before turning to Stahl and asking, “Do you know what the salary is?”
When Stahl told Trump it is $400,000 per year, he said, “No, I’m not going to take the salary. I’m not taking it.”
Trump also signaled he has no real plans to change his tone — even though it’s seen by many as evidence of a man too combustible for the presidency.
“Well, sometimes you need a certain rhetoric to get people motivated,” Trump said. “I don’t want to be just a little nice monotone character, and in many cases I will be.”