After President Donald Trump was photographed with wads of dollar bills sticking out of his back pocket, the American leader has explained why he carries raw cash instead of using a credit card.
While boarding Air Force One during a fundraising trip through California, President Trump was photographed with multiple $20 bills visible in his back pocket.
The photo, taken at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View by Reuters photographer Tom Brenner on Tuesday, quickly went viral, Yahoo News has reported.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on his return flight to Washington, the president was asked about the photo and if he normally carries loose cash in his pocket.
“I do! I do!” Trump said, pulling a large wad of cash from the right back pocket of his trousers and holding it up for the press cabin to see, according to a White House pool report.
The president reportedly explained that he doesn’t have use for a wallet.
“I don’t carry a wallet because I haven’t had to use a credit card in a long time,” he said.
“I do like leaving tips to the hotel. 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, etc., etc.”
The president seemed impressed that the photographer was able to capture the image, adding that he’d like a copy for himself.
“Boy, that’s a good picture. Hey, I’d like a piece of that picture,” he said.