President Donald Trump received a commemorative Super Bowl ring from longtime friend and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft after the team visited the White House in April.
A spokesman for the Patriots, Stacey James, told USA Today that Trump told Kraft during their White House visit how he was honored the Patriots were the first team to visit during his presidency.
The team gifted Trump a jersey and a helmet during the April trip, but Kraft wanted to do more.
James said Trump’s customized ring is the same as what the Patriots players and staff received for winning the Super Bowl. The team’s rings were crafted in 10-karat white gold and have 280 diamonds.
The front of the ring has the words “World Champions,” and the inside states “We are all Patriots” and “greatest comeback ever,” a reference to the 31 points scored in the second half of the game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Trump’s ring was made by a Minnesota-based jeweler, Jostens, which has made Super Bowl rings for more than 30 NFL teams.
The NFL pays for 150 rings for teams that win the Super Bowl, and rings are typically given to players, coaches, staff, and team executives. Each ring typically costs between $5,000 and $7,000, according to USA Today, but in the past, the Patriots have covered costs above what the NFL expensed.
Though the NFL doesn’t govern who receives a Super Bowl ring, extra costs for additional rings are paid for by the team.
Presidents are prohibited from receiving gifts from foreign governments without approval from Congress, according to the Congressional Research Service, but the president can accept personal gifts from the American public or that are given “on the basis of personal friendship.”
Personal gifts must be disclosed to the public on financial disclosure reports if they exceed a specific amount.
The value of Trump’s Super Bowl ring from Kraft wasn’t disclosed, but James said the goal was for it to be part of Trump’s future Presidential Library once he leaves office.
In 2015, Kraft bought Super Bowl rings for the team that featured 200 diamonds and are worth $36,500 apiece.
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