Official enough for you? The Smithsonian shows respect to President-elect Trump with latest addition

It appears that some in Washington have accepted that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery added a portrait of Trump this week in honor of Friday’s presidential inauguration.

The photo was taken in 1989 for Fortune magazine and shows Trump against a blue sky backdrop, tossing an apple into the air — a reference to New York’s nickname, the Big Apple.

The image was first donated by photographer Michael O’Brien back in 2011, according to The Hill.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery website states:

“On November 8, 2016, real estate magnate, businessman, and reality television star Donald J. Trump completed a stunning rise to the presidency by defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton after one of the most volatile and divisive campaigns in recent memory.

“Tapping into a deep vein of populist American sentiment, Trump became the first non-politician to win the presidency since Dwight D. Eisenhower.”

 

As for Trump’s approval, it’s all but guaranteed, considering he used the same photo for his second book “Trump: Surviving at the Top.”

Trump’s official presidential portrait is not expected to be commissioned until near the end of his term.

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