Trump White Home did not report 117 overseas presents, Home Democrats say

Washington — The White Home beneath former President Donald Trump did not report greater than 100 presents given to him and his household by overseas governments throughout his time in workplace, and a few of these presents stay lacking, in response to a report launched Friday by Democratic staffers on the Home Oversight Committee.

The lacking presents embrace a “larger-than-life-sized” portray gifted to Trump by the president of El Salvador, and golf golf equipment from the prime minister of Japan valued at greater than $7,200, the 15-page report mentioned. A embellished field valued at $450 that was gifted to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and White Home adviser, can also be unaccounted for, the report mentioned. 

The lacking gadgets are amongst 117 overseas presents to Trump and his household valued at $291,000 that the White Home did not report back to the State Division as required by federal regulation, in response to the report. The committee staffers relied on White Home and Nationwide Archives data to find out which presents weren’t reported to the State Division.

The unreported gadgets included presents from Chinese language President Xi Jinping, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others. 

“The invention of those unreported overseas presents raises vital questions on why former President Trump did not disclose these presents to the general public, as required by regulation,” the report mentioned. 

A spokesperson for Trump didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from CBS Information concerning the report. 

Underneath the International Presents and Decorations Act, overseas presents given to federal officers or their households develop into the property of the U.S. authorities if their value exceeds a sure worth. (For many of Trump’s time in workplace, the worth was $415. It is presently $480.) The White Home is chargeable for reporting presents given to the president, vice chairman and their households to the State Division, which publishes a report about all presents given to authorities staff yearly.

The regulation stipulates that recipients can hold the presents in the event that they buy them from the Normal Companies Administration (GSA), however they’re nonetheless required to be disclosed to the State Division. The foundations are supposed to forestall overseas governments from influencing U.S. officers.

Most of the overseas presents given to Trump or his relations are nonetheless within the possession of the GSA, Nationwide Archives and different federal businesses, in response to the committee’s report. Some have been auctioned off to the general public, and others have been subsequently bought by members of the Trump household, together with a $24,000 Saudi dagger and a $13,500 vase that Kushner bought. 

The unreported presents detailed within the committee’s findings embrace a $35,000 dagger with an ivory deal with, a $12,400 ceramic bowl, a $12,000 silk carpet and a $12,000 saber. The dagger was transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The bowl, carpet and saber are within the possession of the Nationwide Archives, which acquired lots of the presents as soon as Trump left workplace.

The White Home reported some overseas presents given to Trump, Kushner, first girl Melania Trump and Trump’s daughter and White Home adviser Ivanka Trump to the State Division from 2017 to 2019, but it surely didn’t report all of them, the report mentioned. It disclosed just one present to Kushner in 2020 and none for the remainder of the Trump household. 

Democrats on the committee mentioned they’d proceed to research whether or not the presents had any impact on U.S. overseas coverage. 


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