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Trumps gifts from other nations include a vuitton golf bag and portrait of himself

What kind of gift would impress President Donald Trump? For Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the answer was: a gold-framed portrait of Donald Trump.
The State Department on Monday published a list of gifts that foreign governments gave to Trump and other U.S. officials in 2018. The report offers a snapshot of how Trumps peers curry his favor and a sometimes amusing account of how the U.S. government responds.
Frances Emmanuel Macron gave Trump a Louis Vuitton golf bag and some photographs valued together at $8,275. The mayor of Davos, Switzerland, gave him a hickory golf putter ($450). The portrait from Vietnam was valued at $3,100. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump transferred everything they received to the National Archives, in keeping with U.S. law.
The government treats some gifts less kindly. The Secret Service destroyed a clock that the Crown Prince of Bahrain gave to Vice President Mike Pence, possibly out of concern it might be a secret surveillance device. Several watches given to CIA agents will meet the same fate.
Trumps daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, purchased bracelets worth $3,185 from the Queen of Jordan in order to keep them. It was the only gift Ivanka Trump received, according to the report, while Kushner transferred two other items to the archives.
A White House spokeswoman referred a request for comment to the State Department, which didnt immediately respond.
Trumps gifts also included black leather boots from former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ($545); a rectangular stone block, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ($600); sterling cuff links with a purple ruby from Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ($465); a FIFA World Cup collectors box from Russian President Vladimir Putin ($1,500); a vase from Chinese President Xi Jinping ($2,100); and a marble sculpture of a beluga whale from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ($470).
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