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Trump wants press corps to pick where to donate his salary, Spicer says

March 13, 2017: Giovanna Coia, with the White House press office, left, hands a note to White House press secretary Sean Spicer as he meets with the media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington.

March 13, 2017: Giovanna Coia, with the White House press office, left, hands a note to White House press secretary Sean Spicer as he meets with the media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington.  (AP)

President Trump is asking the White House press corps to pick where he should donate his presidential salary for 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday.

Trump had pledged during the campaign that he would not take a salary if elected. But MSNBC recently challenged Trump to prove he's followed through, requesting details and documents showing donations – though Trump has only been in office less than two months. 

Spicer tackled the issue when asked Monday, at his daily press briefing, if Trump had donated his salary for the month of February. Spicer said that Trump’s intention was to donate his salary at the end of the year, and added an extra surprise for the press corps.

"The president’s intention right now is to donate his salary at the end of the year and he has kindly asked that you should all help him determine where that goes," he said. 

A few reporters laughed, but Spicer seemed to make clear he was serious, and said a way to “avoid scrutiny” is for the press corps to determine where it should go.

“In all seriousness, I think his view is he made a pledge to the American people that he wants to donate it to charity and he’d love your help to determine where it should go,” he said.