Donald Trump lied about how much he actually paid for Melania Trump’s engagement ring in 2005.
It’s fair to say that Donald Trump is not the first person who springs to mind when you think of the world’s most honest individuals. In fact, since his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America in January last year, he’s made 1,950 misleading or false claims.
But before Trump became President, he was a businessman first and foremost. And as every good businessperson knows, striking a great deal is the aim of the game.
So it comes as no surprise to learn that not only did Trump bargain when purchasing an engagement ring for his partner Melania, but he bragged about it too.
Back in 2005, Trump told the New York Times that Graff Diamonds gave him a $1 million (£724,000) discount on Melania’s (estimated) $1.5 million (£1.1 million) 15-carat engagement ring because, apparently, “only a fool” would pay “a million dollars more for a diamond”.
However, Graff Diamonds’ chairman Laurence Graff has squashed the claim by telling Forbes that POTUS was “a pleasure to do business with” but that he was given “no favours” when he bought the ring.
And when Trump claimed he was given the discount for publicity reasons, but Graff’s CEO, Nicholas Paine, refuted the comment, saying: “We don’t sell items for publicity value.”
And a third (anonymous) person, with knowledge of the transaction, says Trump “paid for [the ring] in full, and he paid immediately.”
Last year, the Trumps caused controversy after Melania was snapped wearing a (massive) diamond ring - which Trump reportedly also bought from Graff for $3 million (£2.2 million) for the couple’s 10th wedding anniversary – in her official White House portrait.
People were quick to point out on social media that the cost of the ring could pay for greater causes such as implementing programs to reduce child starvation across the world. However, others rightly pointed out that women in politics have historically received more negative criticism for their fashion choices than their male counterparts.
Was wearing an extremely expensive ring in an official White House portrait a good idea? We definitely think not.
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