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Trump hid gifts received during his presidency



(Washington) Where have the golf clubs given to Donald Trump by Japan gone? And the gigantic portrait of the American president, coming from El Salvador? A parliamentary inquiry on Friday revealed some of the many gifts received by the billionaire that he did not declare.

This investigation, led by the Democrats in the House of Representatives, evokes a hundred objects offered to the Trump family between 2016 and 2021, with a total value of more than 250,000 dollars.

The report mentions, among other things, a dagger estimated at $24,000 and sabers, donated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which were not correctly declared.

He also mentions emails from the White House regarding a larger-than-life portrait of Donald Trump donated by El Salvador and lost to authorities.

Documents obtained by elected officials leading the investigation suggest that this painting could have been moved to the luxurious residence of the billionaire in Florida.

The administration in charge of these gifts also fails to get its hands on golden golf clubs, which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave to the president immediately after his election to “cultivate a special relationship”.

House Inquiry chief Jamie Raskin said he was ‘committed to locating the missing gifts […] and to establish whether they could have been used to influence the President’s foreign policy”.

Not declaring these objects is against the law, he warns.

Also included in this long list is a portrait of Ivanka Trump printed on mother-of-pearl, given to the president’s daughter by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2017.

Her husband Jared Kushner was the architect of Donald Trump’s Middle East strategy.

Donald Trump’s entourage did not react to AFP’s requests.

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