Trump carries a wad of cash for tipping people in his back pocket instead of a wallet

Reuters/Tom Brenner
  • US President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that he carried cash instead of a wallet in his back pocket.
  • An eagle-eyed photographer snapped a shot of the president’s pocket money as he was boarding Air Force One at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California, on Tuesday.
  • In response to queries about the wad of cash, Trump said: “I don’t carry a wallet because I haven’t had to use a credit card in a long time.”
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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday told reporters that he didn’t carry a wallet because he hadn’t “had to use a credit card in a long time” and instead kept a wad of cash in his back pocket.

The Washington-based photo journalist Tom Brenner caught a sneaky shot of Trump as he boarded Air Force One in California on Tuesday.

Wind blew Trump’s suit jacket as he was climbing the stairs of the jet, revealing what appeared to be a stash of $US20 bills in his back pocket.


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At a press gaggle on Wednesday, curious reporters asked the president why he kept his cash in such a precarious place.

“Do you carry cash in your back pocket?” a reporter asked.

“I do! I do!” he responded, pulling out a “large wad of cash” from his back right pants pocket, according to a pool report.

Trump explained that he hadn’t used the cash “in a long time” but liked to carry “a little something” for tipping hotel staff.

“I do like leaving tips to the hotel,” he said. “I like to carry a little something. I like to give tips to the hotel. I’m telling you, maybe a president’s not supposed to do it, but I like to leave a tip for the hotel.”

He also said he preferred not to carry a wallet.

Trump was in California for a two-day trip to raise money for his 2020 reelection campaign.

He capped off the visit to the US-Mexico border wall and signed the $US147 million replacement wall in Otay Mesa, California, with a Sharpie, calling it “amazing.”

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