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Controversial Portrait Of Donald Trump Possibly Found In Briarcliff

The missing six-foot-portrait of Donald Trump purchased at a charity auction may be at Trump National Westchester in Briarcliff. Photo Credit: Trump National Westchester
Donald Trump at Trump National in Briarcliff Manor earlier this year. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- The answer to the mystery of the location of a six-foot-tall portrait of Donald Trump that is a source of controversy could be as close as the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, according to the Washington Post.

In 2007, Trump, who owns an estate in Bedford, spent $20,000 that belonged to the Donald J. Trump Foundation to purchase the painting by artist Michael Israel during a fundraiser auction at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, said the Washington Post. 

The Post reported the purchase in its Sunday edition. Since then, news outlets across the country have been looking for the location of the painting. The main reason for the hunt? If Trump did not give the painting to a charity, the Republican presidential candidate may have violated IRS rules against “self-dealing,” which prevents nonprofit leaders from spending money on themselves that is meant to benefit the charity, added the Washington Post. 

On Wednesday, a former production manager for Israel told the Post that he had shipped the painting to Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, at the request of Trump's wife, Melania, said the Post.

The Post attempted to contact the Trump campaign on Wednesday for confirmation, but did not get an immediate response. During a visit to the club, reporters were turned away, said the Post.

The artist who made the painting, also declined to comment, but in an earlier interview he had stated that he believed it went to one of golf courses, added the Post.

Following the event, a $20,000 check was sent to The Children's Place at Home Safe from the Donald J. Trump Foundation. 

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