Trump Painting Is Missing From The National Archives- According to a report presented by House Democrats on Friday, a sizable portrait and several golf clubs given to former President Donald Trump by foreign leaders while in office are missing.
The interim staff report by House Oversight Committee Democrats lists the missing gifts among more than 100 others that Trump and his family failed to record as required by law and total over $300,000.
The committee’s year-long probe turned up emails from the White House mentioning a “bigger than life-sized artwork” of Trump that the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, had ordered.
Just before the 2020 election, the painting was delivered to the US Embassy in El Salvador. On November 19, 2020, US Ambassador Ronald Johnson informed the White House Gift Office and the State Department Diplomatic Gift Unit about the painting and requested assistance in shipping it to the then-president.
“The disposition of the painting is not documented. The report discovered that neither [the General Services Administration] nor [the National Archives and Records Administration] had any records of the painting’s purchase. According to additional information in the investigation, “some records imply the portrait may have been relocated to Florida in July 2021 as ‘property of the former President.
Government employees are not allowed to keep personal presents from foreign governments worth more than $415, according to federal law.
Gifts over this amount are held by NARA and become US property; recipients may choose to buy them back from the GSA.
According to the report, in April 2021, Trump’s director of correspondence verified “complete compliance with the ultimate disposition of presents” during the presidential transition.
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According to the article, golf equipment worth more than $7,000 that Trump received from the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is also gone. These clubs include a $3,755 gold driver, a $460 putter, and another driver worth $3,040 that Trump received after he was elected president.
“Neither the golf clubs nor the papers pertaining to them are in the care of NARA. Moreover, the acquisition of the golf clubs is not documented by GSA.
The Committee is still trying to figure out what will happen to these presents in the end, according to House investigators.
Democrats on the Oversight Committee claim that undeclared gifts raise questions about “potential undue influence.” They point out that the Trump family failed to properly report gifts from Saudi Arabia, India, and China totaling $45,000, $47,000, and $3,400 that are now in the custody of NARA or have been bought back from the government.
— New York Post (@nypost) March 18, 2023
A $24,000 dagger and sheath were given to Trump’s son-in-law and former White House adviser Jared Kushner by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a limited edition Steiff teddy bear was given to the former president’s daughter and ex-adviser Ivanka Trump by the chancellor of Austria are among the items that members of the Trump family legally bought back from the government to keep.