Opinião é livre, mas fatos são sagrados. Falem mal à vontade do Trump, mas não inventem, por favor. Apesar do fato de cada novo presidente ter uma verba de 100 mil dólares para redecorar a Casa Branca, Donald Trump usou móveis, tapetes e cortinas – as mesmas do Clinton – do acervo da Casa Branca ( que não é furtado impunemente como aqui no Brasil) para redecorar o salão Oval. Ele não está gastando o dinheiro do contribuinte americano para redecorar a Casa Branca.
E tem mais, depois de eleito, Trump reafirmou no programa 60 Minutes que não vai aceitar o salário de presidente, hoje de 400 mil dólares por ano e receberá apenas UM DÓLAR como salário simbólico. John Kennedy também doou o salário para instituições de caridade. E George Washington também recusou os proventos por achar que era uma honra e um dever servir à pátria.
“One of the first orders of business for the Trump Administration was to take down the fiery red drapes that flanked President Obama in the Oval Office. The replacement … the very same drapes Hillary Clinton chose for her husband back in 1993.
The gold fabric endured throughout the Clinton presidency, but went into storage when George W. chose a deeper color, more in the brown than gold family. President Obama went code red.
When Hillary chose the drapes, she said she picked the color because she wanted the Oval Office to be “more dynamic, to show more energy. Trump’s taste is non-partisan … he’s also re-installed Reagan’s sunbeam rug and W’s gold brocade sofas.” – Matéria da TMZ.
Como curiosidade, os Clintons pagaram 86 mil dólares ao governo americano por presentes recebidos quando o Bill era presidente e que carregaram. Segundo o The New York Times na verdade o valor pago deveria ter sido de 360 mil dólares e foi subestimado. Também tiveram de devolver 28 mil dólares em móveis. Um vexame. Mas isso não incomoda os fãs dela.
“The Washington Post‘s disclosure that the Clintons took with them more than $190,000 in china, flatware, rugs, sofas and other personal gifts triggered an immediate backlash. The gifts included $7,375 for tables and chairs from Denise Rich, a prominent Democratic fundraiser and the ex-wife of a fugitive financier, Marc Rich, who was pardoned by Clinton on the president’s last day in office. Former President Jimmy Carter called the Rich pardon “disgraceful,” saying “some of the factors in his pardon were attributable to his large gifts.”
As a result of the criticism, the Clintons decided on Feb. 2, 2001, to pay the government for $86,000 worth of items they received in 2000, as reported by the Washington Post.
At the time, former President Clinton said: “As have other presidents and their families before us, we received gifts over the course of our eight years in the White House and followed all of the gift rules. While we gave the vast majority of gifts to the National Archives, we reported those gifts that we were keeping. To eliminate even the slightest question, we are taking the step of paying for gifts given to us in 2000.”
In the end, the Clintons returned or paid for most the items that they took from the White House, although they were able to keep two items that they had returned.
In October 2002, the House Committee on Government Reform reported that a $1,725 easy chair and a $675 ottoman were returned to the Clintons “since neither had been officially accepted by NPS for the White House Residence.” But the committee also said the Clintons underestimated the value of the gifts, placing the total actual value of all the items the Clintons originally kept at $360,000, as reported in 2002 by the New York Times.”