Despite criticizing the government of Saudi Arabia while he was a presidential candidate in 2016, President Donald Trump has quickly warmed up to the top American Middle Eastern ally since taking office.
During Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia, the president was treated like royalty, as the Saudi government projected the president’s visage onto tall buildings and showered him with elaborate gifts.
The Daily Beast filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see the full inventory of gifts Trump received during his visit to Saudi Arabia, and it shows a concerted effort to bombard the president with valuable items to win over his favor.
“The gifts range from the regal (‘Artwork featuring picture of President Trump’) to the martial (multiple swords, daggers, leather ammo holders and holsters), to the baroque (tiger and cheetah fur robes, and a dagger made of pure silver with a mother of pearl sheath),” reports the Daily Beast, which notes that Trump has received a total of 83 separate gifts from the Saudis this year.
While in Saudi Arabia this past May, the president announced a massive deal to sell the country $110 billion worth of American arms over the next decade. Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia was his first trip abroad as president, bypassing trips to more traditional U.S. allies such as Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.