Trump really likes his new White House painting, everyone else is not so sure
Tuesday - 16/10/2018 01:33
DONALD Trump made some outlandish statements during a rare TV interview. But it was the quick glimpse of a painting that stole the show.
HISTORY will ultimately judge the presidency of Donald J. Trump, but in his mind he is already one of the great Republican leaders — and he has a painting hanging in the White House to prove it.
For a man who routinely paints his own reality, it’s exactly what you would expect him to hang proudly on his wall.
The artwork shows Mr Trump sitting with, and entertaining past Republican presidents including Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and the Bushes.
The print, called The Republican Club, is by artist Andy Thomas and is the latest in a well known series that depicts past US presidents hanging out with their predecessors and appears on knick-knacks in the White House gift shop.
On an episode of 60 Minutes which aired this week in the US, eagled-eyed viewers noticed the print was hanging on the wall at the president’s residence.
It shows the Commander in Chief looking particularly svelte and drinking what appears to be a Diet Coke — a beverage he has an unhealthy addiction to — while some of the country’s biggest political figures look on smiling.
The print was reportedly given to him by Californian Republican Darrell Issa and Mr Trump was so enamoured with the artwork he called the man responsible to thank him for getting it just right.
“He had actually given a me real gracious call to tell me how much he liked it,” the artist, Mr Thomas told The Daily Beast. “He was very complimentary. He made a comment that he’d seen a lot of paintings of himself and he rarely liked them.”
But true to form, the internet wasn’t as gushing about the portrait. Many were quick to mock Trump’s overly generous appearance in the painting and some compared it to the classic dogs playing poker.
When tweeted by Star Trek actor George Takei tweeted the picture, he asked social media users to their thing, and they happily obliged.