AKIPRESS.COM - According to an accounting of official presents to the US President Donald Trump, his family and top officials posted to the Federal Register website Monday, Trump, his wife Melania, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner received $88,420 worth of gifts from foreign leaders in 2018.
That's down from more than $140,000 they reported in 2017. As in 2017, Melania Trump received the single most valuable item on the list. This year it was a set of six Nymphenburg porcelain plates valued at $23,000 from the sheikh of Qatar, New York Times reports.
She also received two decorative chairs from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi estimated to be worth $10,000, a $4,200 bed cover from the Uzbek president, a set of candle prickets valued at $1,010 from Jordan's queen and a $1,280 clutch from the Belgian prime minister's partner.
Virtually all the gifts to the Trumps were turned over to the National Archives for display or storage, but as government employees, they have the option to purchase them. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump opted to buy four bracelets they were given by Jordan's king and queen that were valued at a total of $3,185.
The most valuable gift given Trump himself was from French President Emmanuel Macron: a Louis Vuitton golf bag and a collection of photographs that was valued at $8,250. In keeping with the golf theme but on a more modest scale, Trump was gifted a hickory putter by the mayor of Davos, Switzerland, valued at $450.
Trump also received crystal footed bowl adorned with American and Irish flags from Ireland's prime minister worth $3,800; a miniature silver replica of Uzbekistan's Registan complex from the country's president that was valued at $2,950; and a porcelain vase and framed facsimile documents issued by Queen Mary of Portugal in 1783 from the Portuguese president, estimated to be worth $2,270.
Saudi leaders are often the most prolific gift givers to U.S. presidents, and 2018 was no exception. Saudi King Salman gave Trump a figurine of a gold-plated camel standing near a watering hole with palm trees, valued at $2,650, and the Saudi crown prince gave Melania Trump a bowl and frame ensemble estimated to be worth $2,000.