Donald Trump’s delegation received three leopard-fur lined bathrobes during a state visit to Saudi Arabia in 2017.
The Trump administration did not ditch the coats until the day before Joe Biden took office.
Now it turned out that the coats were made of faux fur with painted tiger stripes.
Former US President Donald Trump He made his first state visit in 2017, in Kingdom Saudi Arabia. He danced a saber dance with the Saudi hosts and signed a $110 billion arms deal.
After the trip, the US State Department announced that the Trump delegation had received 82 gifts, and briefly what made up of them.
No The New York Times reveals That the White House kept nine of the most precious gifts, and did not give them up until January 19, 2021, the day before Joe Biden’s presidency.
The coolest gift – three fur coats of white tigers and leopards – came from a Saudi oil billionaire. All indications are that fur coats are made from endangered animals, which is a crime in the United States.
But when the US Fish and Wildlife Service – the US agency for species conservation – examined the fur, an unexpected truth was revealed: it was fake fur.
“Animal inspectors and special agents concluded that the coats were dyed to look like leopards and leopards, and were not made from endangered animals,” Tyler Sherry of the U.S. Department of the Interior told the New York Times.
Trump’s son-in-law received a precious dagger that was not reported
The three bathrobes, three swords and three daggers were immediately sent after the state visit to the White House Gift Department for evaluation, but then an error occurred. These nine gifts were not included in the annual gift lists to be published by the United States government, and the White House kept them for a very long time.
It is possible that one of the Saudi daggers was decorated with ivory, which in this case violates the US law on protected species.
The New York Times also revealed Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner He received two swords and a dagger from Saudi hosts during the state visit, which was not on the State Department’s list of Saudi gifts in 2017. When Kushner quit his job, he paid $47,920 for a dagger and three other gifts.
The Office of the Inspector General is also investigating the whereabouts of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s $5,800 bottle of whiskey. Pompeo himself claims that he did not receive such a bottle.
In addition, it is being investigated whether Karen Pence, wife of then Vice President Mike Pence, broke the law when she received two gold card holders from the Prime Minister of Singapore without paying for them.
Representatives of the United States Government may receive gifts of a maximum of $415 from aliens. Gifts of higher value automatically go to the US government. Anyone who seizes state property can be prosecuted for theft.
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