At a White House press briefing on Sunday evening, Donald Trump, for the second time this week, declined to pledge that he would not accept taxpayer cash from the coronavirus response stimulus package for his own hotels and other properties. His refusal came on the same day that the Senate rejected a $1.8 trillion stimulus package that, Democrats said, would have allowed the Trump administration to control a massive $150 billion "slush fund" that could be used to bail out his own properties.
A reporter at the White House briefing asked Trump if he would "commit publicly that no taxpayer money will go toward your own properties?" as seen in the video below on this page.
Trump responded with a lengthy answer in which he complained that "nobody said thank you" when he committed to refusing his official salary of $450,000 per year. Trump added that, in his view, if he ever took the salary, "you would go out after me like crazy."
Trump then said he had "no idea what they're talking about," adding, "Everything's changing, it's all changing."
"Everyone knew I was a rich person," Trump said, as his answer to the question continued. "Let's just see what happens."