White House re­leases an­nual list of salaries

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION - BY ANNE GEARAN

Some of the best-known faces in the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion are also some of the best-paid, ac­cord­ing to a new list of White House salaries.

Ad­vis­ers Kellyanne Con­way and Stephen K. Ban­non, along with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer, are among the White House em­ploy­ees re­ceiv­ing the top salary of $179,700. Omarosa Mani­gault, whose ti­tle is listed as di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Of­fice of Public Li­ai­son, is also one of the 22 Trump aides bring­ing in that top salary.

Trump’s daugh­ter Ivanka Trump and her hus­band, Jared Kush­ner, do not take salaries for their roles as pres­i­den­tial ad­vis­ers, ac­cord­ing to the list re­leased Fri­day even­ing. The an­nual list is man­dated by Congress.

Reed Cordish, a Bal­ti­more de­vel­oper and friend of Kush­ner’s who was hired to run an ini­tia­tive fo­cused on tech­nol­ogy ini­tia- tives, is also not tak­ing a salary for his White House work, while Gary D. Cohn, a for­mer Gold­man Sachs chief ex­ec­u­tive serv­ing as Trump’s di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Eco­nomic Coun­cil, is be­ing paid $30,000.

Christo­pher P. Lid­dell, a for­mer top ex­ec­u­tive at Mi­crosoft and other busi­nesses, is also tak­ing a $30,000 salary for his work as a White House ad­viser. He and Cohn are the low­est-paid em­ploy­ees who re­ceive a salary. The bot­tom of the scale for reg­u­lar White House hires is $40,000.

Deputy press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders is paid $165,000, the next rung down from the top level.

Trump de­fended his hir­ing of rich ad­vis­ers such as Cohn and Com­merce Sec­re­tary Wil­bur Ross dur­ing an ad­dress to sup­port­ers last month in Iowa.

“Some­body said, ‘Why did you ap­point a rich per­son to be in charge of the econ­omy?’ No, it’s true. And Wil­bur’s a very rich per­son in charge of com­merce. I said: ‘Be­cause that’s the kind of think­ing we want.’ ” Trump said. “They had to give up a lot to take those jobs.”

“And I love all peo­ple, rich or poor, but in those par­tic­u­lar po­si­tions I just don’t want a poor per­son. Does that make sense?” he added.

Trump is cor­rect that wealthy

Kellyanne Con­way, Steven K. Ban­non and Sean Spicer are among Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion em­ploy­ees earn­ing the top salaries.

ad­vis­ers give up much larger salaries to ac­cept White House or other ad­min­is­tra­tion jobs. Al­though the top White House salary level of nearly $180,000 is well above the na­tional av­er­age of roughly $50,000, it is low by com­par­i­son to salaries in the top ech­e­lons of law, fi­nance and other fields from which many se­nior Trump aides were drawn.

There is one em­ployee listed as earn­ing more than the $179,700 top tier. Pol­icy ad­viser Mark S. House earns $187,100 be­cause he is a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive with the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion, where the salary range is higher. He is on loan to the White House.

The num­ber of Trump em­ploy­ees earn­ing the top amount is in line with some years of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, al­though in his fi­nal year in of­fice in 2016, Pres­i­dent Obama listed just 16 aides who earned the then-top fig­ure of $176,461.

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