Donald Trump’s sculpture of Mount Rushmore with his face on it PHOTO for the first time in his Mar-a-Lago office
AN INFAMOUS sculpture of Donald Trump’s face carved into Mount Rushmore has been pictured for the first time – sitting on a shelf in his office at Mar-a-Lago.
It has long been reported that Trump has a small statue of the famous landmark, including its distinctive features, given to him by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
Models of the statue have been released before – but now, for the first time, the object itself has been photographed.
The 75-year-old can be seen beaming in a posed photo as he receives an honorary black belt from Taekwondo World Headquarters.
To her left, sitting on the lower shelf of a console table is the mini version of the monument.
You can see George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
And then bolted to the end next to The Great Emancipator is a new fifth addition on the rock face – Trump.
You can clearly see his famous hair and a sculpted version of the collar and tie.
The statue features under a shelf that includes a MAGA hat and under hanging photos of the presidency, such as meeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
It is believed to be the first time the infamous sculpture has been pictured in Trump’s possession amid rampant speculation.
And it has been reported that Trump himself is very fond of the idea of him ever joining Mount Rushmore.
And the 45th president earlier this year said he would already be there if he was a Democrat.
Trump reportedly received the 1-foot-wide, 27-inch-tall bronze sculpture of Governor Noem as he visited the monument to deliver a speech on July 3, 2020.
It is understood that the Trump is slightly taller than other presidents and that the sculpture was funded by private donations.
The artwork cost $1,100.
The team of sculptors Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby – two Trump supporters who voted for him in 2016, 2020 and plan to do so in 2024 – created Governor Noem’s artwork.
I started laughing he wasn’t laughing so he was totally serious
Governor Kristi Noem
It has been reported that the White House has contacted the governor’s office to inquire about him having actually added his mug to the monument in the Black Hills.
“What is the process for adding additional presidents to Mount Rushmore?” a Trump administration official reportedly asked.
His team pushed back and Trump himself called it “fake news” – but it appears the president wasn’t opposed to the idea.
Trump tweeted: “Based on all the many things accomplished in the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other presidency, this sounds like a great idea to me!
Governor Noem claims Trump told him it was his “dream” to be carved into Mount Rushmore.
“He’s like, ‘You know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?'” she said.
“I started laughing, he wasn’t laughing so he was totally serious.”
The four presidents featured on the mountain were chosen by sculptor Gutzon Borglum in the 1920s.
They were meant to represent the four phases of American history so far – from independence to the industrial revolution.
And the original plans actually included the presidents from head to waist, until the funding ran out.
It is believed that the ground is not stable enough to build a fifth face.
But there have been talks of another addition with suitors such as Ronald Reagan, JFK and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama joked about his addition, but joked that his ears were too big.
And in a 2018 survey by The New York Times, Roosevelt – who led the United States during World War II – was picked as the frontrunner.
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