Thu. Mar 23rd, 2023

    A $3,755 gold golf club gifted to Trump by the Prime Minister of Japan is one of several foreign gifts missing, House Democrats say

    Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina, on January 28, 2023.

    A report from House Democrats said President Trump failed to declare more than 100 foreign gifts. 
    The gifts were worth more than $250,000 in total, according to the report. 
    Some are missing, including a $3,755 gold club Japan’s prime minister gave to Trump.

    A new report from House Democrats found that former President Donald Trump failed to declare more than 100 expensive foreign gifts, as law requires. 

    The gifts Trump and his family received were worth more than $250,000 in total, according to the report. 

    The Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act requires that the president and federal officials declare any gifts from foreign governments that are worth more than the “minimal value” of $415.

    Gifts Trump received include a $12,000 silk Uzbek carpet from the President of Uzbekistan and a dagger from the Emir of Qatar that’s worth $35,000. 

    Preliminary findings of an investigation the Committee on Oversight and Accountability launched into former President Trump’s failure to disclose gifts from foreign-government officials while in office.

    Members of Trump’s family also received gifts. According to the report, Melania Trump received a number of these undeclared gifts, including a Saudi winter coat worth $3,000 from the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. 

    Jared Kushner also received highly valued gifts including a $24,000 dagger and a $5,450 sword from bin Salman.

    Some of those gifts are missing

    Former President Donald Trump plays in the pro-am round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, New Jersey, on July 28, 2022.

    Some of the gifts have disappeared, the report said. They include golf clubs from the prime minister of Japan valued at more than $7,200 — a single gold golf driver was valued at $3,755 — and a “larger-than-life-sized” painting the president of El Salvador presented to Trump.

    “The discovery of these unreported foreign gifts raises significant questions about why former President Trump failed to disclose these gifts to the public, as required by law,” the report said. 

    It states that “the Trump Administration’s failure to disclose more than one hundred foreign gifts President Trump and his family received raises new questions about whether these and other gifts may have been used by foreign governments to influence U.S. policy under President Trump.”

    The report concluded with the announcement that authorities will launch an investigation to discover any effects these gifts may have had on the Trump administration’s decision-making.

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