Donald Trump Gifted at Least 3 Portraits of Himself From Foreign Leaders in 2019

Former President Donald Trump received portraits or photographs of himself as a gift from at least three foreign leaders in 2019, according to the U.S. State Department.

The State Department's annual accounting of gifts given to senior U.S. officials by foreign leaders found that portraits from Australia, Egypt and Vietnam are collectively valued at more than $10,000.

From then-Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, Trump received a painting of himself on dual-pane glass, and from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, Trump was gifted a "large double frame carved from black stone with [an] image of President Donald J. Trump in precious metal on one side and the coat of arms of Egypt on the reverse," according to the filing.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave Trump a framed photo of himself and his wife.

Trump also received an Ottoman Empire rifle valued at $8,500 from the prime minister of Bulgaria, 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 of the gifts, including the portraits, were turned over to the National Archives.

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Donald Trump Portrait
A report from the U.S. State Department found that then-President Donald Trump received portraits of himself as gifts from at least three foreign leaders. Above, a photograph of Trump hangs on the wall as visitors return to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., on May 14, 2021. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

The report also prompted the State Department to look into the apparent disappearance of a nearly $6,000 bottle of whisky given more than two years ago to then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by the government of Japan.

In a notice filed in the Federal Register, the department said it could find no trace of the bottle's whereabouts and that there is an "ongoing inquiry" into what happened to the booze. The department reported the investigation in its annual accounting of gifts given to senior U.S. officials by foreign governments and leaders.

The department's Office of Protocol is required to record gifts given to U.S. officials and keep track of their disposition. Recipients have the option of turning gifts of a certain value over to the National Archives or another government entity or purchasing them for personal use by reimbursing the Treasury Department for their value.

The Japanese whisky was valued at $5,800 and was presented to Pompeo in June 2019, presumably when he visited the country that month for a Group of 20 summit that was also attended by Trump. But unlike other gifts, the department said there was no record of what had become of the bottle.

"The department is looking into the matter and has an ongoing inquiry," it said in the Federal Register notice. The notice offered no additional detail. A spokesman for Pompeo could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

Pompeo also reported receiving two carpets worth a total of $19,400 from the president of Kazakhstan and the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates. Both floor coverings were transferred to the General Services Administration, the notice said.

The filing said Trump and his wife, Melania, received more than $120,000 worth of presents from foreign leaders in 2019, compared with $88,200 the year before. In Trump's first year in office, in 2017, they reported receiving more than $140,000 in gifts.

Another significant recipient of gifts was now-retired Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command until March 2019; that command oversees American military operations in the Middle East. The government of Qatar lavished Votel with nearly $37,000 in luxury watches in 2019, including one Rolex timepiece valued at $14,995, according to the report. Votel turned those watches over to the GSA.

Mike Pompeo Whiskey Bottle
The State Department says it's looking into the the apparent disappearance of a nearly $6,000 bottle of whisky given to then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by the government of Japan. The report also showed that former President Donald Trump received paintings and photographs of himself from foreign leaders, valued at over $10,000. Above, Pompeo smiles as he speaks with reporters at the State Department in Washington, D.C., on November 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)