Just read this article by Politico over how Trump should take the full salary as president http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/11/donald-trump-salary-george-washington-214458 The writer worries that "that the $1 pledge is a diversion from all of the far, far more lucrative ways in which Trump’s presidency could enrich him and his family," however, I don't think it would be any more different if Trump took the full $400k because then, magically, the people are his master or something so he'll think twice about it? The last sentence of the article: Is it just me or is that a complete outstretch of the situation? Whether Trump takes $400k or just a $1, if he wants to pull shady deals, he will pull shady deals regardless. If he wants to help the people, he will help the people. I don't think that this could be a 'he might not pull selfish deals if he gets $400k salary'.