Several foreign leaders who presented gifts to President Trump after consulting protocol experts opted to give the president depictions of himself, a government disclosure reveals.
Trump – who according to testimony by Michael Cohen arranged for a straw bidder to offer $60,000 at a charity auction for a portrait of himself that ended up at one of his golf clubs – also collected artwork of his likeness from leaders of countries from Europe to Asia and the Middle East.
Polish President Andrzej Duda opted for photography, gifting Trump with black and white photos of himself in New York circa 1985 taken by celebrated Polish-born photographer Czeslaw Czaplinski. They are grouped under a page in a volume titled ‘Donald J. Trump in New York.’
YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE! President Donald Trump (C) receives the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (R) at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. New disclosures reveal several heads of state gave Trump portraits of himself
Also included was a photo of Trump Tower, according to an annual disclosure by the State Department.
All the gifts were given over to the National Archives
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abass presented a ‘portrait of President Trump, smiling, wearing red neck tie,’ on mother-of-pearl panelling. It is valued at $920. Abass also gave first lady Melania Trump a portrait of herself.
The president of Poland gave Trump pictures of himself in New York in the 1980s. When Trump met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trudeau gifted him with a photo of Trump delivering a speech in 1981 to honor Trudeau’s father
The Prime Minister of Belgium elected to give Trump a classic Tintin edition, which depicts the intrepid reporter eating as tomahawk-bearing Native Americans approach
In this handout provided by the Department of Defense (DoD), Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Donald J. Trump, receives a gift from Iraqi Minister of Defense Erfan al-Hiyali at the Ministry of Defense on April 3, 2017 in Baghdad, Iraq
OFF SIDES: Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a soccer ball to U.S. President Donald Trump during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who dined with Trump last week in Hanoi, also gave Trump art depicting Trump. He opted for a ‘Portrait of President Trump, smiling, holding up left hand, against U.S. flag,’ according to the inventory.
The gift is valued at $1,880.
All the portraits were designated for the National Archives. Under the standard disclosure, it was stated that non-acceptance ‘would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. Government.’
Others sought to play to Trump in different ways. The prime minister of Belgium gave Trump a classic Tin Tin comic by famed illustrator Herge. It is described as ‘Cartoon depicting cowboy eating out of a frying pan with dog eating bone, while Indians approach from behind, in oak frame.’
This appears to match the issue, ‘Tintin En Amerique,’ which portrays Native Americans in full head dress approaching Tintin from behind a series of boulders.
Trump campaigned on an ‘America First’ platform has made his signature issue building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and try to stop illegal immigration.
The gifts totaled $140,000, according to the Associated Press. The Saudis and Gulf states gave a total of $24,000, while Chinese President Xi Jinping gave Trump and first lady Melania Trump a calligraphy display valued at $14,400 – the priciest gift. Trump regularly hails his relationship with Xi, and is in tense talks with China to try to end a trade war.
Crown prince of Abu Dhabi gave a bronze sculpture of a manatee as well as a bronze sculpture of three standing oryx, valued at $3,700.
Chinese President Xi Jinping gave Trump and first lady Melania Trump a calligraphy display valued at $14,400 – the priciest gift
The crown prince of Sheikh Mohamad bin Zayed al Nyhan presented a model oil marked ‘with compliments of the Amir of Kuwait,’ and valued at $470.
From King Salman bin Abd alAziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia, Trump was given a pendant necklace with crossed sabers. It is valued at $6,400.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabie also gave Trump a ‘Photograph of Saudi King wearing gold/silver threat robe.’ The Trump administration’s close relations with the kingdom have been under scrutiny since the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Last year, Trump got a robe lined with cheetah fur.