Foreign Gifts to U.S. Federal Officials

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The U.S. constitution prohibits federal officials from accepting gifts from foreign sources. So when foreign dignitaries present extravagant gifts to federal employees or their family members, those presents get reported to the State Department and are often stored away or put on display. Here are just a few of the thousands of gifts that U.S. Presidents, cabinet members, members of Congress, and their family members have received over the years. Recently released records show that President Obama received over $165,000 worth of presents in 2009, including a gold necklace given to him by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

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