UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The US Federal Register published a list of gifts that employees of federal authorities received from senior officials of foreign powers.
So, according to this document, the American leader Donald Trump received on August 19, 2018 from the President of Russia Vladimir Putin set of 12 silver coins dedicated to the World Cup, which was held in the same year in the Russian Federation.
The cost of the gift is estimated at 1,500 dollars.
The kit was deposited with the National Archives and Records Administration. The reason why such an expensive gift was accepted is explained in the list as follows: “Failure to accept would lead to an awkward situation for the donor and the US authorities.”
French President Emmanuel Macron once gave Trump a $ 8275 Louis Vuitton golf bag, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a white marble whale statue worth $ 470.
The most expensive gift, for 23.5 thousand dollars, was given to the wife of the US President Melania Trump by the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Ali Thaniu: this is a set of six plates of Nymphenburg porcelain (Germany).
The first lady of France, Brigitte Macron, gave Melanie a Givenchy clutch for $ 850, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi – a chair at Shosha Kamal design house worth $ 10,000.
Lebanese ambassador to the USA Gabriel Issa was more modest: he presented Madame Trump a tunic for $ 450.
The same amount of gifts from the mayor of Davos (a short wooden golf club) and the president of Nigeria, Muhammad Bukhari (a carpet for eating on the floor with pillows).
At a press conference in Helsinki on July 16, 2018, Putin presented Trump with the official ball of the past World Cup.
Trump also handed Putin the shirt of the Russian hockey player Alexander Ovechkin , as well as the hockey puck. And in 2017, the Russian singer Vika Tsyganova sent as a gift to the wife of the elected President of the United States a jacket from sable and cashmere, which she called “the murderer”.
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