President Donald Trump showered Scott Morrison with more than $ 10,000 in gifts during his tenure, which did far more than what he handed out to Malcolm Turnbull.
US officials’ unique diplomatic souvenirs include a $ 3,700 framed map of the Coral Sea, a $ 3,700 model of the USS Canberra, a $ 3,000 calfskin photo album, and a $ 1,200 Paul Revere silver Tiffany platter.
The Australian Prime Minister was offered the items when he traveled to Washington for high-level talks in September 2019.
Recently released statement documents show that other members of President Trump’s administration also lined up to deliver gifts to Mr. Morrison.
Donald Trump showered Scott Morrison with more than $ 10,000 in gifts during his tenure (pictured together at a September 2019 rally at the White House)
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo handed Morrison a $ 3,700 mahogany first-aid kit etched with the federal eagle to symbolize freedom and democracy (pictured)
Mike Pence, the devout Christian former vice president, gave the Aussie leader – who is also deeply religious – a specially crafted wooden cross (pictured)
Donald Trump gave Scott Morrison a $ 3,700 model of the WWII naval vessel – the USS Canberra (pictured)
Mike Pence, the devout Christian former vice president, gave the Aussie leader – who is also deeply religious – a specially crafted wooden cross.
It’s valued at $ 3,700 and was made from an oak tree cut down in the Indiana resident’s private home.
Then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo handed Mr. Morrison a mahogany dressing box with the federal eagle etched on it to symbolize freedom and democracy, also worth $ 3,700.
Morrison was highly regarded in Trump’s job, and before the former president left office, he awarded the Australian leader a top military award – The Legion of Merit – for “ leadership in tackling global challenges. ”
In comparison, they were small choices for Malcolm Turnbull, who received just a $ 1,500 telescope from President Trump and two hand-blown glass bowls worth just $ 55 each from Vice President Pence.
Mr. Turnbull, who left office in August 2018, donated a pair of RM Williams boots to President Trump.
US President Donald Trump (second right) and First Lady Melania Trump (right) greet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (second left) and his wife, Jenny Morrison (left), ahead of a state dinner at the White House, September 20, 2019
Donald Trump gave Scott Morrison a Paul Revere Tiffany Bowl worth $ 1,200 (stock image)
A sculpture similar to that of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that US President Donald Trump gave in Washington DC shows WWII excavator Leslie ‘Bull’ Allen with a wounded American soldier
Morrison gave President Trump a figurine of Australian World War II hero Leslie ‘Bull’ Allen.
Mr. Allen was a stretcher bearer in the Battle of Mount Tambu in New Guinea and saved the lives of 12 American soldiers wounded on the battlefield.
To honor his bravery, the United States military presented Mr. Allen with one of the nation’s highest awards, the Silver Star.
Former first lady Melania Trump received yellow gold stud earrings and their son Barron received a personalized Socceroos shirt.
But perhaps the most bizarre gift ever presented to a US president was the Northern Territory’s $ 50,000 crocodile insurance policy given to Barack Obama in 2011.
The Prime Minister of the Territory, Paul Henderson, said at the time, “This is one who travels the world a lot and receives many gifts, but I am sure he never received such a gift.”
“And it will look pretty good in the presidential library.”
US President Donald Trump (second right) and First Lady Melania Trump (right) receive Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (second left) and his wife, Jenny Morrison (left) at the Oval Office at the White House in Washington DC, September 20 , 2019
Morrison was highly regarded in Trump’s job and was even awarded the US Legion of Merit