- The Trump White House did not provide information about foreign gifts received in 2020,” the State Department said in a statement.
- The department said they could not complete list of foreign gifts as of missing data.
- The Trump administration has history of neglect rules about gifts from foreign governments.
The Trump administration has not provided information about gifts from foreign governments in 2020 received former President Donald Trump former Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials said at the State Department. on Friday.
As a result, the Department stated that it could not draw up complete and accurate accounting of gifts received by Trump, his family, and other officials during his final year in office.
According to federal law, government employees required disclose any gifts from foreign governments with value of over $415 to prevent bribery and undue influence.
Trump administration failure provide information This latest example of his tendency to neglect rules and norms.
“It’s blatant and looks terrible.” —Richard W. Painter former best ethics lawyer for The George W. Bush administration told The New York Times. “Either it was really stupid or it was really corrupt.”
Although overseas travel was limited in In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the newspaper noted that Trump visited Switzerland and India, where he received gifts including bust of Gandhi, marble sculpture of Gandhi’s famous metaphor of “three monkeys” and a spinning wheel.
The White House was also visited by foreign leaders from at least a dozen countries.
Office of the State Department of Protocol made exposing the missing data in footnotes of partial list of gifts received by US officials in 2020, published on Friday. Till run nominated by Trump, the ministry said its Office of Main of The protocol did not send a request for data, and the White House did not provide them.
The State Department said it has since tried to round up the missing. information from current authoritative sources, but he was told that “potentially important records” were not available as of “access rules for obsolete records.
This is also noted that in general there was a “lack of of adequate record- maintaining diplomatic relations gifts”During Trump in office.
Ethicist Richard W. Painter told The New York Times that by not disclosing gifts, the Trump White House violated the foreign rewards clause. of A constitution that makes it illegal to adopt gifts from foreigners without the permission of Congress.
However, the item does not criminal or civil sanctions, which he says make it extremely difficult to keep former officials are accountable.
Trump officials have history of the poor record-retention.
Federal authorities are investigating whether Trump aides are inappropriate removed 15 boxes of secret documents and gifts from the White House to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
During his chaotic move out of The White House that Trump aides are reportedly worried about official gifts given to Trump in office unintentionally mixed in with his personal items.
It was also previously found that dozens of items missing from the State Department gift vault in the transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration, including a $5,800 bottle of whiskey given to the then secretary of State Mike Pompeo by the Japanese government.
Trump officials also preserved clothes made of tiger and cheetah fur and ivory dagger gifted from the Saudi royal family, despite the fact that a White House lawyer determined that items most likely violated the Endangered Species Act. The furs were fake, eventually found out.
Trump aides were also being investigated by the State Department over allegations that they stole gift bags meant for foreign dignitaries who attended the 2020 G7 summit, which was canceled due to the pandemic.