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Trump, challenge coins, create controversy, and cash grab

President Trump first took a liking to the idea of challenge coins to give during the presidential campaign quickly, and a helper began to keep a steady supply on hand, notables and military and law enforcement personnel.

(The Associated Press)

The trump administration has created a special challenge coin with a representation of the President of the world-famous Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.

The challenge coin, designed by the White House Communications Agency, created one of many, by the military unit, took the since Trump’s office. On the portraits of Pope Francis and the President, while another celebrates Trump the summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, the New York Times reported. “Make America Great Again” – the coin was sponsored by the Republican National Committee, added the paper.

Numerous other proposals that never made it to production, including, with the Trump Tower in Manhattan, and one of the President’s Golf course in Bedminster, N. J.

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Challenge coins are often created to commemorate presidential trips, or important events, and most of them are given to military members. President Trump first took a liking to the idea of challenge coins, which during the presidential campaign, and aides quickly you can keep a steady supply at hand, notables and military and law enforcement personnel.

Some critics have raised the question of the minting of coins to represent Trump’s private properties, as Federal laws prohibit the use of public funds to support private institutions.

The Mar-a-Lago coins, for example, are similar to “a metallic tourist brochure,” Norman L. Eisen, a former ethics lawyer for President Barack Obama in the White house and the Chairman of the watchdog group citizens for responsibility and ethics,” said The New York Times.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters, contrary to that assertion by saying: ethics-rules that apply to the Mar-a-Lago coins, how they were used supported by a private staff of military unit, and “no public funds” in their production.

Despite these claims, the White house Counsel’s Office warning employees to be still careful where you your coins.

In terms of the “Make America Great Again” coin – the thicker, wider and has more gold than the previous President, and features Trump the now-famous campaign slogan instead of the traditional presidential seal, with the national motto, E pluribus unum – the counsel’s office, said recipients, not to the display of the coin, or something to do with the campaign slogan on it, in a government building.

The most controversial of all the coins is the Trump summit with Kim, which was sharply criticized by Trump’s political opponents for using the likeness of the North Korean strongman.

“He is a brutal dictator, and something of the Peace House would be a lot tweeted more appropriate,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY.

Still, a Pennsylvania-based private company called The White House Gift Shop is supposedly a huge demand for the coin looked, and the sale of a version for $49 online.

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