Investigators Now Track Expensive Gifts to Trump During Presidency: Report


Government and congressional investigators are now trying to track down dozens of expensive gifts that foreign leaders gave to Donald Trump and his relatives during his stay in the White House that would be turned over to the National Archives, The Washington Post reports.

Diamond earrings, expensive golf clubs and a $6,400 ceremonial gold medal presented to Trump in 2017 by Saudi King Salman in Riyadh are just some of the gifts congressional investigators are trying to track down, sources told the Post.

It was not clear why the specific gift list was being traced. A spokesperson for the House Oversight Committee, which launched the investigation and asked the National Archives for help, would only tell the Post that the investigation is ongoing.

The Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act of 1966 prohibits presidents and other government officials from retaining gifts from foreigners worth more than $415 unless they pay for it.

While the National Archives holds most of the gifts given to U.S. presidents by foreign leaders, some are also kept by the Department of the Interior Park Service and the General Services Administration.

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The New York Times first reported a year ago that the Trump administration’s required tracking and reporting of such gifts fell into “dangerous mess,” especially during his last year in office.

Several seized items were labeled “gifts,” although few details were provided.

Neither Trump nor his lawyers or other representatives have commented on the Post’s story.

“This president was very fond of holding onto things,” a former Trump White House aide told the Post. “Kids and gifts are a big thing for him.”

Check out the full Washington Post story here.