NBC News revealed that the State Department’s inspector general is investigating the possibility that employees of the White House during the presidency of Donald Trump embezzled expensive gifts intended for foreigners.
The channel reported, quoting an informed source, that “the Office of the Inspector General is investigating whether employees appointed by Trump at the time took gifts from the State Department’s warehouse to their homes in January.” According to the source, the value of the missing gifts is “big numbers”.
The channel indicated that some American media reported earlier that gifts intended for foreign delegations to the G7 summit in 2020 were not found. The summit was canceled due to the epidemic, and gifts were to be presented in the form of leather bags, tin flint and boxes. Marbled with the Presidential Seal or the signatures of the President and his wife.
The channel noted that gifts presented to American officials are recorded in the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These gifts are stored at the National Archives or another government institution, or purchased and paid for with the US Treasury.