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July 2019 Issue [Readings]

Alms for the Führer


From a list of gifts given to President Trump by foreign officials in 2017, which was published by the State Department’s Office of the Chief of Protocol in March. The report claims “non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. Government.”

mohamed bin zayed al nahyan, crown prince of abu dhabi
Bronze sculpture of a manatee.

justin trudeau, prime minister of canada
Statue of carved Ohio sandstone, depicting standing male lion wearing crown, over cross and orb.

charles michel, prime minister of belgium
Print of cartoon depicting cowboy eating out of a frying pan with dog eating bone, while Indians approach from behind, in oak frame.

andrzej duda, president of poland
Album, burgundy leatherette, containing ten photographs grouped under page titled “President Donald J. Trump in New York,” including 1985 black-and-white photos of Trump and polychrome photos of Trump Tower.

nguyen xuan phuc, prime minister of vietnam
Portrait of President Trump smiling, holding up his left hand, against U.S. flag, made of stone granules.

mahmoud abbas, president of the palestinian authority
Portrait of President Trump, smiling, wearing red necktie, done on mother-of-pearl panels, in frame also of mother-of-pearl, the frame’s band of white floral and foliate designs applied over a purple-green shell.

mahmoud abbas, president of the palestinian authority
Modern copy of neo-Byzantine icon, painted on wood panel, portraying the Nativity with angels but without the three wise men, in gilt silver repoussé frame with dark green and cream coloring, in olive wood presentation box with a portrait of Mrs. Trump, arms crossed, looking straight at viewer.

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July 2019

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