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Because he can: White House portraits of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush moved to ‘barely used’ room

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Official portraits of former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were reportedly moved by the White House into a “barely used” room.

Portraits of former presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley have apparently replaced them in the Grand Foyer of the White House as the Clinton and Bush ones have been moved to the Old Family Dining room, CNN reported.


(Source: CNN)

CNN host Chris Cuomo introduced the report by declaring it is another example of President Trump’s “pettiness” while Kaitlan Collins reported on the “stunning” story.

The portraits were reportedly still in place earlier this month, occupying the same location as President Donald Trump hosted Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on July 8 when the leaders delivered remarks in the Cross Hall of the White House.

But soon after, the paintings were apparently moved to what CNN referred to as a “rarely used room” that is not included in White House tours once they reopen to the public.

“President and Mrs. Trump did not want that room showcased on public tours,” an official reportedly told the network, which added that “the room had essentially become a storage room during the last three years.”

Sources told CNN that the Bush portrait was replaced by one of William McKinley, America’s 25th president. McKinley was assassinated in 1901 and Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him. The portrait of Roosevelt has reportedly replaced the one of Clinton.

While Collins told Cuomo the White House did not get back to CNN after requests for comment about why the change was made, the reporter went ahead full tilt to claim it’s “really striking” that Trump would “take the time and effort” to move the paintings, as if the president personally relocated them.

The Bush portrait can be seen in the White House photo from earlier this month when the president spoke at the Spirit of America Showcase.

(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

And the Clinton portrait is visible in another White House photo from the Grand Foyer taken in 2019 as the president and first lady hosted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Mrs. Jenny Morrison.

(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Former President Barack Obama’s portrait has not yet been unveiled by the Trump administration as the president has reportedly refused to hold a ceremony for the occasion.

The Clinton and Bush portraits would be seen daily by Trump as he would descend the staircase from his third floor private residence, Collins noted, concluding that the president is not actually focused on dealing with important issues like the coronavirus pandemic because he is taking time to redecorate.

Whether it is the moved portraits or the ridiculous obsession by the media with every detail unfolding behind the walls of the White House, the need to breathlessly report the move and the underlying message being sent by Trump gave plenty of fodder for Twitter users.

 

 

Frieda Powers

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