Trump accused of being ‘stupid’ or ‘corrupt’ over missing gift records

Trump accused of being ‘stupid’ or ‘corrupt’ over missing gift records
‘It’s flagrant and it looks terrible,’ says former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter

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“It’s flagrant and it looks terrible,」 Richard Painter, who served as former president ジョージWブッシュ’s top ethics lawyer, 言った ニューヨークタイムズ. “Either it was really stupid or really corrupt.”

Federal officials are required by law to inform the State Department of any gifts from foreign governments worth more than $415. But as the Trump administration made its chaotic exit from the White House in January 2021, it allegedly neglected to send the list.

結果として, the State Department said in its 報告書, much of the required data is missing – specifically, all gifts to all White House officials for the entire year of 2020.

In a footnote, the department explained that the Chief of Protocol – who in 2020 was a Trump appointee – did not gather the information.

“The State Department’s Office of the Chief of Protocol did not submit the request for data to all reporting agencies prior to January 20, 2021 (at which time there was a change in administrations),” the report says. "加えて, the Executive Office of the President did not, prior to that date, transmit to the Secretary of State a listing of all statements filed during the preceding year, 2020. 結果として, the data required to fully compile a complete listing for 2020 is unavailable.”

An alternative explanation might be that White House officials received no gifts at all in 2020 – but as タイムズ reporter Michael Schmidt pointed out, this is not the case.

“Despite the pandemic in 2020 at least a dozen foreign leaders visited the White House and Trump traveled abroad to India and Switzerland,” Mr Schmidt ツイート. “In India he received a bust of Gandhi, a sculpture of Gandhi’s famous ‘three monkeys’ metaphor and a spinning wheel. None were listed.”

Gifts to Trump officials outside the White House – such as former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, former secretary of defense Mark Esper, and former CIA director Gina Haspel – are accounted for in the report.

But gifts to Mr Trump himself, his family, former vice president Mike Pence, and other White House staff members are all missing.

独立者 has reached out to Mr Trump’s spokesperson for comment.