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White House Finally Releases Official Portrait Of Trump

President Trump’s smiling face will soon appear on the walls of nearly 7,000 federal offices.

On Tuesday, the Government Publishing Office showed reporters the official portraits of the president and Vice President Mike Pence that will be on display in federal buildings across the country and at U.S. embassies abroad. The photos also are available for sale to the public.

According to the Daily Mail, Trump and Pence added a patriotic touch when they posed for their photos. They wore U.S. flag pins and stood before actual flags. Trump had a blue tie, while Pence donned a red one.

The Independent Journal Review reported that presidents generally get their portraits soon after taking office. However, the administration did not give the GPO a picture of Trump until recently, according to The Hill.

The news site noted that this is not the first time there has been a delay. The GPO did not unveil former President Bill Clinton’s portrait until he had been in the White House for almost a year.

The Washington Post pointed out that federal employees removed the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden long ago. Many offices have featured empty picture frames for months.

Some agencies used a photo of Trump from the White House website, but it was not a quality image. The delay in producing the official portrait also left the White House Flickr page without images of the president. A few photos showed up on Instagram.

In April, the administration released an official picture of Melania Trump. She sported a slight smile and crossed her arms while posing by a White House window. “I am honored to serve in the role of first lady, and look forward to working on behalf of the American people over the coming years,” she said in a written statement.

Trump’s broad grin in his portrait contrasts with most other photos, in which he has looked serious and somber. This has some people upset. In some cases, he scowled.

During his campaign last year, Trump instructed his staff to never depict him showing any weakness. He did not wish to be seen smiling. The New York Times reported that Trump told the aides he wanted to look “like Churchill,” the British prime minister during World War II.

The president selected Shealah Craighead, the White House photographer during the President George W. Bush administration, to snap his official portrait way back in January. The Independent Journal Review suggested that the administration chose this week to release the photo to divert attention from the news that a federal grand jury had indicted two former Trump campaign officials.

The GPO, known as the Government Printing Office before 2014, binds and prints all of the government’s documents. Benjamin Franklin, the office’s first director, had the title of “public printer.” The current director is Davita Vance-Cooks. Many people deal with the GPO when they apply for passports. The agency’s custom of producing official portraits of presidents began more than 150 years ago, following the Civil War.

Source: Independent Journal Review, Daily Mail
Photo: Wikipedia, White House, Flickr/ Gage Skidmore

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