Foreign leaders gave Trump family over $140K in gifts in 2017: report

Foreign leaders gave Trump family over $140K in gifts in 2017: report
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The Trump family received more than $140,000 in gifts from foreign leaders during President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE’s first year in office.

Those gifts included a $1,880 portrait of the president made out of gemstones from the prime minister of Vietnam, according to The Associated Press.

The State Department’s full annual report logging the gifts will be published by the Federal Register on Thursday, the AP reported.

It is traditional for foreign leaders to present U.S. presidents with lavish gifts during diplomatic meetings. In 2014, former President Obama was given more than $1.5 million in presents from foreign dignitaries.

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The gifts have all been turned over to the National Archives, as is legally required, unless a president wants to purchase the gifts for their market value.

The AP reported that some of the gifts to Trump were especially personalized. The Polish president, for example, gave Trump a photo album with pictures of Trump and Trump Tower titled “President Donald J. Trump in New York.”

The most expensive gift on the 64-page list, worth $16,250, was a porcelain dinnerware set imprinted with images of Trump’s private beach resort, Mar-a-Lago. The dinnerware set and a $14,400 calligraphy display, the second-most expensive item, were both gifts from Chinese President Xi Jinping, the news service noted.

The Trumps also reportedly received thousands of dollars in gifts from leaders in the Middle East, including a $6,400 ruby and emerald pendant necklace from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and a $4,500 personalized hardcover book of Psalms from the rabbi who oversees the Western Wall in Jerusalem, where Trump moved the U.S. embassy in Israel.

First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family Trump to attend NATO leaders meeting MORE and the president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to tour Apple factory with Tim Cook on Wednesday Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family MORE, both received a number of designer handbags and embroidered garments from foreign leaders, according to the AP