Every president of the United States, when he visits a state, receives gifts. The members of its administration also. It is a tradition which, however, involves strict regulations, so that there is no abuse.

A little historical reminder is in order. Lest American officials let themselves be “bought” by lavish gifts, originally coming from members of the European nobility, a clause had been written into the Constitution. It indicated that an official could not accept anything of value from a stranger. But in 1966, the law will change and Congress will adapt the regulations somewhat, an official being able to keep gifts of low value for himself, ie a maximum of $ 415. Subsequent amendments defined gifts as government property and created a standardized process for how officials were to treat them. For greater transparency, provisions require that administrations disclose each year the gifts received by US officials, and their estimated value.

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