The gifts, handed out to Trump administration officials by foreign leaders in 2019, were revealed in a new filing in the Federal Register on Wednesday.
The State Department’s Office of Protocol is required to record gifts given to U.S. officials over $390 in value and keep track of their disposition. Recipients either have to turn them over to the National Archives or another government entity or purchase them for personal use at their valued cost.
The missing Japanese whisky as given to then Secretary of State Pompeo in June 2019, presumably when he was there for a G20 meeting.
But it’s location is listed as ‘unknown.’
‘The department is looking into the matter and has an ongoing inquiry,’ it said in the Federal Register notice.
The State Department’s Office of Protocol released gifts foreign leaders gave U.S. officials in 2019; The Queen gave Donald Trump a first edition copy of The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill – the abridged version – and she gave Melania Trump a specially commissioned sterling silver jewelry box with enamel lid
A $5,800 bottle of Japanese whisky given to then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the 2019 G20 meeting (above) has gone missing
Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong gave Donald Trump a painting of Trump ‘on dual pane glass’ valued at $5,250
A representative for Pompeo told the Associated Press that Pompeo ‘has no knowledge of the gift and has not been contacted by anyone regarding an investigation of it.’
And The New York Times reported the U.S. government was never paid for the bottle and the State Department has asked its inspector general to determine what happened to it.
It’s illegal for an official to keep a gift without purchasing it and the person could face civil penalties.
The filing in the Federal Register noted Trump and former first lady Melania received more than $120,000 worth of presents from foreign leaders in 2019.
One theme of the gifts to the then-president was images of himself.
Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong gave a painting of Trump ‘on dual pane glass’ valued at $5,250.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi gave a ‘large double framed carved from black stone with image of President Donald J. Trump in precious metal on one side and the coat of arms of Egypt on the other.’ It was valued at $4,450.
Australian Prime Minister gave Trump a framed photo of the first couple valued at $470.
The Queen, meanwhile, gave Trump a pen set during his June 2019 state visit and a first edition copy of The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill – the abridged version.
Trump also received a couple of fire arms as gifts.
Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov gave him an Ottoman Empire rifle valued at $8,500. And Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrew Babis gave Trump a CZ 75 9mm pistol valued at $710.
Trump also received a bronze sculpture of an Arabian horse from the crown prince of Bahrain worth $7,200 and a gold, onyx, emerald and diamond statue of an Arabian oryx worth $6,300 from the emir of Qatar.
All the gifts are in the hands of the National Archives.
Melania Trump amassed quite a jewelry collection, although she, too, turned her gifts over to the government.
The former first lady received white gold diamond earrings from the wife of the Czech PM (valued at $470), an ornamental Japanese lacquer box and a signed photo from the Empress of Japan (valued at $1,130), pearl earrings valued at $2,600 from the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Abe, and pearl earrings valued at $700 from the wife of the Australian PM.
The Queen gave Melania a specially commissioned sterling silver jewelry box with enamel lid valued at $390.
The filing details the more than $120,000 worth of presents from foreign leaders that Donald and Melania Trump received in 2019
During the Trumps’ June 2019 State visit to the UK Sarah Huckabee Sanders (left), Kellyanne Conway (center), and Dan Scavino (right) received signed and framed photos of The Queen; only Conway paid the federal government for hers, forking over the $2,830
The Queen handed out several signed and framed photographs of herself to Trump aides during the June 2019 state visit.
Jared Kushner received one, as did Stephanie Grisham, Dan Scavino, Lindsey Reynolds, Stephen Miller, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
All of them turned their photo over to the government except Kellyanne Conway, who paid the $2,830 value for hers.