Trump Administration Improperly Handled Gifts, Investigation Finds

The Trump administration improperly handled presents received from foreign leaders, with several high-profile gifts missing at the end of the former president’s term, the New York Times reported on Monday.

Gift-giving is an established practice between foreign emissaries and heads of state. However, because the line between customary gift-giving and bribery is sometimes difficult to determine, the U.S. government has strict protocols for how gifts should be received. In general, gifts to public servants are understood to be the property of the government, rather than the individual who receives them, and must be reported; if that individual wishes to keep a gift worth more than a certain amount—usually around $400—he or she is usually asked to reimburse the government for them.

Sometimes the exact rules surrounding a gift’s value, and under what circumstances a person is…

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