‘Trump defeats COVID’ coin on sale at unaffiliated ‘White House Gift Shop’

  • A company named “The White House Gift Shop” is selling a “Trump Defeats COVID” commemorative coin for $100.
  • But the shop isn’t actually affiliated with the White House, and is a private, for-profit company that severed its ties to the government years ago.
  • The coin designer and CEO of the store said the coin “features more than a hint of superhero qualities” in Trump.
  • Trump has been portraying himself as having conquered his COVID-19 illness, even though he is still infectious, he received a host of treatments, and doctors say he isn’t in the clear yet.
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The White House Gift Shop is selling a $100 “Trump Defeats COVID” commemorative coin that portrays the president as something of a “superhero,” but the shop isn’t actually affiliated with the White House itself.

The shop made the coin available for preorder on Monday, shortly before Trump returned from the Walter Reed medical center, where he spent four days being treated for the novel coronavirus.

The shop doesn’t yet have an image of what the coin will look like up of the coin, but it says that preorders will be shipped on November 14.

Anthony Giannini, the White House Gift Shop chairman who also designed the coin, said that when the shop heard about the president’s diagnosis “we had faith and prayed, yet we knew our President would find a way to knockout COVID in early rounds of this battle.”

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The coin design hasn’t been revealed yet, but is available for pre-order.

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“President Trump, as you know, is a fan of boxing, and the new coin design features more than a hint of superhero qualities in history’s most fascinating president.”

The site that 20% of the proceeds from the coin will go to COVID-19 prevention and cancer treatment. 

The shop isn’t affiliated with Trump

Despite its name, the White House Gift Shop’s products aren’t actually made by the White House.

As Business Insider’s Grace Panetta previously reported, amid outrage over the shop selling coronavirus-themed commemorative coins earlier this year, the shop is actually a private, for-profit company that is not connected to the federal government.

This is even though the shop’s logo and merchandise looks official, and the website appears to have a government seal.

Talking Points Memo reported in 2018 that the entity behind the shop was once connected to the government: It was created under President Harry Truman’s government in 1946, and was operated by a nonprofit for Secret Service members.

But in 2011, a private company run by Giannini — Giannini Strategic Enterprises — was contracted to run it, and in 2013, full ownership was transferred to that company, Talking Points Memo reported.

The website says the shop “continues to actively support Law Enforcement Departments or Agencies by funding special advanced firearms training and by purchasing safe and effective arms for departments often in smaller jurisdictions with limited advanced training budgets.”

Its new coin does continue the narrative that Trump

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White House Gift Shop selling ‘Trump Defeats COVID’ commemorative coin

The White House Gift Shop started selling a “Trump Defeats COVID” commemorative coin on Monday before the president returned to the White House from the hospital.

Anthony Giannini, the chairman of the White House Gift Shop (WHGS), designed the $100 coin as the final coin in a series for Trump’s first term. 

“When we at WHGS first heard the sad news of President TrumpDonald John TrumpQuestions remain unanswered as White House casts upbeat outlook on Trump’s COVID-19 fight White House staffers get email saying to stay home if they experience coronavirus symptoms White House says ‘appropriate precautions’ were taken for Trump’s outing to see supporters MORE‘s positive COVID test, once again we had faith and prayed, yet we knew our President would find a way to knockout COVID in early rounds of this battle,” Giannini said. “President Trump, as you know, is a fan of boxing, and the new coin design features more than a hint of superhero qualities in history’s most fascinating president.”

A picture of the coin, which is scheduled to ship on Nov. 14, was not available on the White House Gift Shop. Twenty percent of the proceeds are designated to go to COVID-19 prevention and cancer treatment. 

The White House Gift Shop is not affiliated with the White House. 

The coin went on sale before President Trump was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

The president spent the past three nights at Walter Reed after announcing he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpGOP lawmaker calls on Pelosi to apologize for response to Trump contracting coronavirus White House gave New Jersey officials list of 206 people at Trump’s Thursday fundraiser events Photo of Mark Meadows rubbing his head during update on Trump’s health goes viral MORE tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday. 

Trump announced on Monday afternoon that he would return to the White House that evening, and White House physician Sean Conley told reporters that the medical team backed the president’s return, “though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet.”

Upon his return, Trump removed his mask while posing for photos at the White House and filmed a video message encouraging Americans to not “be afraid of” the coronavirus. 

The U.S. has confirmed more than 7.4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 210,127 fatalities, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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