The State Department is unable to provide a full account of foreign gifts given to Trump and officials


The State Department’s Office of Protocol said the president’s executive office did not send the department information about gifts received by Trump and others from foreign officials in 2020, the report said.

The department attempted to collect the missing information from the National Archives and Records Administration and the General Services Administration, but was told that “potentially relevant records are not available ‘in the protocol office’ under the rules of applicable access to withdrawn documents,” the report said.

A footnote in the report says the lack of available information is complicated by the timing of the State Department’s request. It notes that “the Office of the Chief of Protocol did not submit the data request to all reporting agencies until January 20, 2021 (when there was a change in administration).”

A later footnote in the report, however, notes a “lack of accurate record keeping regarding diplomatic gifts maintained by the Gifts Unit of the Office of the Chief of Protocol” between January 20, 2017, after the entry in office from Trump, and until the end of his term in January 2021.

CNN has contacted Trump spokespersons.

The Associated Press first reported on the report’s findings.
The report comes as the US Department of Justice began investigating the handling of 15 boxes of White House records, including classified information, which were taken to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. after leaving office.


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