When Foreign Leaders Send Presidents a Gift, Flattery is Usually a Theme

Foreign officials also appear to have studied the family members who also serve as Mr. Trump’s inner circle of White House advisers, the gift list shows.

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, for instance, was given a book, “The Jews of Singapore,” by the author Joan Bieder, from the minister of foreign affairs in Singapore. Mr. Kushner is a practicing Orthodox Jew.

A gift to Melania Trump, the first lady, from Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, and his wife, Peng Liyuan, features an 85-piece porcelain dinnerware set, with two round plates displaying hand-applied printed images of the pink house at Mar-a-Lago, the Trump-owned Florida estate where Mr. and Mrs. Trump hosted Mr. Xi for a summit. The estimated value of the gift was $16,250.

Satsuki Katayama, a Japanese politician in the House of Councillors, the upper house of Parliament, gave Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a senior White House aide, a golf club with a head engraved with an American flag and her full name, “Ivanka Marie Trump.” Ms. Trump in 2013 famously told Wendy Williams, an American TV host, that her common interests with her father include real estate and golf.

The first lady and Ms. Trump, both known for their interest fashion, each received multiple designer handbags. And in 2017, King Abdullah II of Jordan presented the Trump grandchildren with a cigar box worth about $540.

The most expensive gift given exclusively to Mr. Trump in 2017 was a $14,400 paper panel displaying five columns of black calligraphy, given to him in April of 2017 by Mr. Xi.

When it comes to reciprocating, the United States is known to be “very chintzy,” Mr. Feierstein said. While foreign governments regularly give bejeweled, hand-painted gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars, “we used to give glass eagles, and things that are not nearly equivalent to what we get,” he said.


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