The White House is refusing to confirm whether President Barack Obama followed up on his pledge to take a five percent pay cut due to sequestration last year.
Obama promised last April to take a 5 percent pay cut in “solidarity” with federal employees who were furloughed as a result of the automatic budget cuts, known as the sequester. The cut was meant to equate to the level of spending cuts imposed on nondefense federal agencies.
“The president has decided that to share in the sacrifice being made by public servants across the federal government that are affected by the sequester, he will contribute a portion of his salary back to the Treasury,” a White House official said at the time.
If the president actually did take the pay cut it would have been announced by the White House and proclaimed by the mainstream media in bold headlines!
The president was to take the pay cut for the entire year, amounting to roughly $20,000.
It didn’t happen.
According to his tax returns, Obama is still receiving the presidential salary of $400,000 per year.