Five things you didn't know about the US presidency

Publish Date
Friday, 20 January 2017, 2:51PM
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Now that Donald Trump is officially the 45th President of the United States there are five things he'll need to know about being commander and chief: 

1. The President will receive at least four death threats a day

The Secret Service is said to investigate 1,500 death threats against the leader of the free world every year. Statistically being president is one of the most dangerous jobs you can have - out of 44 US presidents, four have been assassinated.

2. The role lists only six duties

The job description includes:

  • He must take an oath to uphold the Constitution.
  • He must "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," as well as "commission all the Officers of the United States."
  • He is the "Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States."
  • He has the "power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties."
  • He can nominate, with the consent of the Senate, Supreme Court Judges and “Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls... and all other Officers of the United States" as well as "receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers.”
  • And finally, the president has some legislative pull, since he can "from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."

3. You don’t have to be the wife of President to be the First Lady

In fact, anyone male or female can take on the ceremonial role - which has no official duties and no salary. The president can even elect a sibling or child. A male in the position would likely be called the "First Gentleman".

4. Although it’s one of the most important jobs you can have - it is underpaid

Compared to being an executive or CEO, presidents get paid a relatively low sum. The annual salary, which includes expenses, room and board, is $569,000. The president also has to fork out for all the food they and their personal guests might eat, dry cleaning and other daily chargers.

5. However, the retirement plan isn’t too bad

Once the president’s term is done they retire with a $150,000 pension and get to keep the Secret Service around for protection for the following decade.