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The Saudi royal family gave Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, gifts worth nearly $ 48,000, including two swords and a dagger..
Kushner ended up paying the United States government the full value of $ 47,920, which was what the gifts were worth. This he did after he left the White House.
The value of the items far exceeds the maximum of $ 415 in gifts that US officials can accept and keep from foreign entities and governments, in accordance with the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Law.
The swords and dagger were among more than 80 gifts the Saudis gave Trump and his delegation on their first visit to the country in 2017, as reported by Yahoo!
Gifts from Saudi royalty included robes that appeared to be made from actual white tiger skin and cheetah skin, prompting a warning from the White House attorney’s office that keeping such gifts could violate the Endangered Species Act. of extinction.
The robes, which the White House did not disclose until Trump’s last day in office, were finally brought up for inspection by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the summer of 2021, and it was found that they were dyed to look like real cheetahs and tiger skin.
Men in Saudi Arabia and Yemen have traditionally worn waist daggers. Known as jambiya, belted daggers generally have a curved blade and a decorated hilt, and are often gifted to young men by older male relatives.
Kushner, the son-in-law of former President Donald Trump and a senior adviser to the White House, was charged with guarding the White House’s policy in the Middle East with a particular focus on Israel-Palestine relations.
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