In 2007, Donald and Melania Trump purchased a six-foot-tall portrait of Mr. Trump at a charity auction. Then they used Trump Foundation assets to pay for it.
Because charitable funds were used to pay for the portrait, there is a legal obligation that it be put towards a charitable purpose. For instance, hanging it on the wall of the Trump National Doral Miami golf resort, as was done with a four-foot-tall portrait that Mr. Trump spent $10,000 of Foundation money on, would be wholly impermissible. Similarly, hanging it in, for instance, one of Mr. Trump’s residences would not be a proper use of charitable money.
We have been asked on several occasions to share the current location of this portrait. Our lawyers have advised us not to answer that question.