Golden golf clubs from Japan, swords and daggers from Saudi Arabia, a larger-than-life portrait from El Salvador: Former US President Donald Trump is said to have improperly accepted gifts from foreign governments worth more than $250,000 (more than 235,000 euros) during his tenure have stated.
A report released Friday by House Democrats spoke of more than 100 gifts given to Trump and his family during the Republican's tenure in the White House. Some of the gifts are still missing, according to the report, including a larger-than-life portrait of Donald Trump, a 2020 gift from the President of El Salvador.
A dagger given to Jared Kushner by the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2019 was particularly valuable at $24,000. According to the report, a Steiff teddy bear, which the then Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gave to Ivanka Trump in 2019, cost $ 1,200.
The preliminary report, titled "Saudi Swords, Indian Jewels, and a Larger-Scale Salvadorian Portrait of Donald Trump: The Trump Administration's Failure to Disclose Large Gifts From Abroad," lists numerous gifts from China, India, Israel, Japan, Austria, among others , Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and from the United Arab Emirates.
The gifts went, among others, to Trump, his wife Melania, Trump's daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner - a key presidential adviser during Trump's tenure in the White House from 2017 to 2021 - and Trump's youngest son Barron.
Leading Democrat on the Oversight Committee, Jamie Raskin, accused the Trump administration of "blatant disregard for the rule of law and systematic mishandling of large gifts from foreign governments." The question arises whether the gifts served to influence Trump's foreign policy.
By law, the President must officially declare gifts to him and his family that are worth more than $415. Such gifts are owned by the US government. However, for more valuable personal gifts, the recipient has the option to buy them from the government and keep them, the report said. In any case, the incumbent must declare it publicly. However, that did not happen in Trump's case with regard to the gifts in question.
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