Trump says he carries cash to give tips after photo shows him with $20 bill in back pocket

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE on Wednesday said he likes to carry cash in case he needs to leave a tip after he was shown in a photo with a $20 bill hanging out of his back pocket.

The president was asked about the photo, which was taken by Tom Brenner of Reuters, during a gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One flying back to Washington, D.C., after a three-day trip out West.


Trump confirmed he carries cash in his back pocket before pulling out a wad of bills to show reporters.

"I don’t carry a wallet because I haven’t had to use a credit card in a long time," Trump said with a smile. "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,."

Trump appeared amused by the photo, adding that he'd "like a piece of that picture."

The president returned to Washington just after midnight on Thursday. He held a campaign rally in New Mexico on Monday night, then spent Tuesday and Wednesday in California, where he held fundraisers that brought in a total of $15 million.

Trump described the fundraisers as "very successful" on the trip back. He had events in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego and capped the visit to California with a stop at the border with Mexico.