Donald Trump promised to donate his salary during the election campaign and this week he did just that.
Trump handed over his first three-months-worth of pay, totalling $78,333, to the US Parks Service. This attracted attention because his latest budget proposal announced it would cut the Interior Department’s budget by £1.5bn, or which the Park Service is a part.
The cheque was received by Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg, who said the cash would go towards the upkeep of national battlefields.
However, as the larger-than-normal cheque was handed over, Brandyburg looked less than impressed. This, accompanied by the seeming hypocrisy of handing over so little compared to the huge budget cut, was a recipe for meme gold.
President's cuts to Interior: $1.5 billion
President's check to Park Service: $77K
Park Ranger's face: Priceless pic.twitter.com/5aOpOy5oMb
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 4, 2017
I love you, Park Ranger Man! https://t.co/wDdubgLPCd
— Angela Pandolfo Roy (@BabaluInTheHaus) April 4, 2017
His face looks like he just got socks for Christmas. pic.twitter.com/4T8TQUC15k
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 4, 2017
— Scholarly Beard (@Tuscon_Valdez) April 4, 2017
They may not have been happy with Trump’s gesture, but some were pretty impressed with Brandyburg’s looks.
ok ok so i have a lot of empathy for this poor park ranger, but i've got a different 9-digit number that he can have amirite??? 😏 pic.twitter.com/Acpcia5baP
— Taylor Garron (@casualafro) April 4, 2017
True life: I can't stop thinking about the park ranger who looks like Idris Elba.
— Lorazepam Grier (@LuxePosh) April 4, 2017
Someone has also set up a crowdfunding initiative to raise more than Trump donated.
Trump donated his pay to the Natl Parks for publicity, but wants to CUT their budget.
— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) April 4, 2017
It’s all hilarious, but to be clear, Brandyburg did smile during the photocall. Well, kinda.