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The Salaries of White House Employees

Ivanka Trump

A recent article by the New York Times found that Ivanka and her husband reported an income of $36 million in 2019. Most of the funds came from real estate investments, but she also earns money from Penguin Random House and her part in the Trump International Hotel. In 2018, Newsweek reported she also earned $2 million in income and severance from the Trump Organization.

Advisor to the President

Salary: Nothing

Net Worth: Over $300 million

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Jared Kushner

Kushner also makes money from outside companies, namely his shares in his family real estate companies. This includes Quail Ridge, a New Jersey apartment building, and other various properties. Kushner also earns money from Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, which is produced in Bangladesh, China, and Indonesia. In 2018, Kushner came under fire for having a conflict of interest with his job as a White House advisor and his other various sources of income.

Advisor to the President

Salary: Nothing

Net Worth: Over $800 million

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Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway, the former Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor, was one of the highest-paid staffers at the White House. However, she recently resigned from her position at the end of August so that she could focus on her relationship with her 15-year-old daughter, Claudia. Claudia Conway is an avoid voice against the Trump campaign and has recently begun pushing for emancipation. No one has officially taken Kellyanne Conway’s role just yet.

Former Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor

Salary: $183,000

Net Worth: $36 million

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Larry Kudlow

Larry Kudlow took over Gary Cohn’s position as the top Economic Advisor. According to Bustle, Cohn was one of the richest politicians working within the Trump Organization, and Kudlow has a net worth substantially lower. Kudlow is most famous for his blunder in 2007 when he stated that there wouldn’t be a recession. Less than a year later, the Great Recession hit. It’s safe to say people haven’t forgotten about Kudlow’s comments as he rose to become America’s “Top Economic Advisor.” 

Assistant to the President for Economic Policy

Salary: $183,000

Net Worth: $25 million

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Andrew Giuliani

Andrew Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani’s son, works as a special assistant to the president and a “Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison,” according to White House documents. CNBC reported that Giuliani makes most of his money as a sports liaison, which apparently makes him worth $95,000 per year ($5,000 more than last year). The person that held the job title during the Obama Administration received half that – $41,000 per year. 

Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison

Salary: $95,000

Net Worth: Unknown

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Stephen Miller

Before Stephen Miller was hired onto Trump’s Administration, he served as the communication’s director for Senator Jeff Sessions and press secretary for John Shadegg and Michele Bachmann. Then, it all changed when Trump became president. He was hired as a speechwriter and Senior Advisor for Trump alongside Jared Kushner. Originally, he earned $179,000 but got a pay bump in 2020 to $183,000.

Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the President for Policy

Salary: $183,000

Net Worth: $245,000

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Robert O’Brien

O’Brien served as a member of John Bolton’s team during the Bush Administration, so they worked together closely. In 2018, O’Brien was picked to be Trump’s chief hostage negotiator and was notoriously sent to monitor A$AP Rocky’s trial for assault in Stockholm. After John Bolton was ousted, Robert O’Brien took his place.

Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor

Salary: $183,000

Net Worth: Unknown

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Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr. isn’t officially on salary for the White House, but he’s played a significant role during the Trump Administration. Currently, he co-manages the Trump Organization through a trust, which is where he gets his salary. The Trump Organization is comprised of more than 500 companies and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. The services Donald Trump Jr. provides the president often overlaps with the Trump Organization and the Trump Administration.

Advisor to the President

Salary: $50.5 million

Net Worth: $300 million

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Betsy DaVos

Secretary of Education

Salary: $199,700

Net Worth: $5.4 billion

According to Forbes, DaVos earns nearly $200,000 as the Secretary of Education. Because she earned at least $45 million last year, she stated that she would donate her salary (although she hasn’t done so). Most of her money is made through private investments that are often undisclosed. Forbes listed the DaVos family as the 88th richest in America.

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Chad Wolf

Chad Wolf became Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security after working in the Trump Administration for two years. Chad Wolf is among the highest-paid 10% of employees in the Department of Homeland Security, according to FederalPay.org. Wolf has been under scrutiny lately, defying a subpoena that ordered him to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

Salary: $179,700

Net Worth: $1.8 million

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Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows made most of his money through Highland Properties, a real estate and construction company. Meadows was considered one of Trump’s closest allies in Congress before he was promoted to Chief of Staff, following Kenny West’s resignation after sexual harassment allegations. Meadows has had his fair share of controversy, including being fined over $40,000 for knowing about West’s behavior and doing nothing about it.

Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff

Salary: $183,000

Net Worth: $12 million

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Michael Caputo

Caputo is acting as Assistant Secretary under HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Recently, Caputo has come under fire for comments made during a recorded social media video. He stated, “If you carry guns, buy ammunition…I urge you to, if you’re in Buffalo, or anywhere in New York, I urge you to look up the New York Watchmen.” The New York Watchmen has been called a militia group. According to Buffalo News, they claim they want to “protect like-minded New Yorkers if the worst of times befall America,” 

Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Public Affairs

Salary: $112,000

Worth: $10 million

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Mark Esper

Esper has been serving as the Secretary of Defense since 2019. Before coming to the White House, he served as a lobbyist for Raytheon, a major U.S. defense contractor. According to The Hill, Esper made more than $1.5 million a year lobbying for Raytheon, not including stocks and other bonuses. Forbes found that Esper still has at least $1 million in stock for the company, as well. 

Secretary of Defense

Salary: $210,700

Net Worth: $5 million

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Mike Pompeo

Before becoming the Secretary of State, Pompeo served as the Central Intelligence Agency Director from 2017 to 2018. Trump handpicked the former Tea Party representative after he fired Rex Tillerson, but that doesn’t mean Pompeo isn’t afraid to contradict the president when it comes to it. 

Secretary of State

Salary: $205,000

Net Worth:  $800,000

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Mike Pence

Pence certainly isn’t the wealthiest VP to serve. He spent two decades working for the government, which hasn’t allowed him to save very much. According to Forbes, he has $65,000 in index funds and less than $15,000 in the bank. He also has a pension that will pay $85,000 per year for the rest of his life. That, combined with his assets, makes his net worth around $1.2 million. This also factors in his six-figure student loan debt. 

Vice President of the United States

Salary: $235,100

Net Worth: $1.2 million

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Donald Trump

One of Trump’s campaigning points was that he would donate his salary because he was already wealthy. He’s certainly not the first president to do so – JFK and Hoover also donated their earnings. That being said, he’s also the wealthiest president on record since the United States began. Each quarter he makes donations to various places, most recently to the HHS to combat coronavirus. 

President of the United States

Salary: $400,000

Net Worth: $2.1 billion

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