The Daily Beast has obtained a list of dozens of “insane gifts” Saudi Arabia gave President Donald Trump during his trip to the kingdom.
The Beast obtained the list via a Freedom of Information Act request to the State Department, showing that Trump received a portrait of himself, a number of swords and daggers, tiger and cheetah fur robes, and a “large canvas artwork depicting a Saudi woman.”
The site reports that the White House accepted at least 83 gifts from the kingdom.
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Via Daily Beast:
Amusing as the gifts may be, they are emblematic of a more serious issue: Trump’s embrace of the Saudi regime, a stark reversal from his campaign rhetoric. During the campaign, Trump accused the regime of everything from being responsible for 9/11 to failing to “reimburse us the way we should be reimbursed,” going so far as to threaten to stop buying their oil if they didn’t shape up…
No less noteworthy than the visit itself was the administration’s conduct during it. During the visit, the Trump administration announced a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis, totaling $350 billion over 10 years. This represented a decisive reversal of the Obama administration’s 2016 policy of blocking certain arms sales to the regime because of civilian deaths in Yemen.
See the full list of gifts at The Daily Beast.