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Trump has portraits of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton removed from White House foyer

President Donald Trump left people scratching their heads last week after it was discovered that the White House has moved the portraits of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush from the Grand Foyer of the White House into the Old Family Dining Room.

It is a tradition at the White House for the portraits of the most recent presidents to be displayed in the entrance of the mansion so they are visible to guests on tours and at official events.

The portraits were very visible on July 8 when Trump hosted Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

That may be the last time most people see the portraits as they are now hanging in the very small and rarely used Old Family Dining Room. This also means that the portraits are far from the current president who previously would have had to view them daily as he descended the staircase from the first family’s third-floor residence.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the media on why the portraits were moved but they did share that the portraits of former presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt have replaced them.

Trump has often shown more respect for his later predecessors than his most recent ones. He recently spoke out against a decision to remove a statue of Roosevelt from outside the Museum of Natural History in New York that was called racial.

“That’s ridiculous, don’t do it,” Trump said.

The president also decided to hold a Fourth of July weekend event at Mount Rushmore where he paid tribute to Roosevelt and the other presidents memorialized at the historic site.

“Today, we pay tribute to the exceptional lives and extraordinary legacies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt,” Trump said on July 3.

Trump has often disparaged Bush and Clinton. Former national security adviser John Bolton recently wrote in his new book that Trump despised both George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. Trump has also often referred to Clinton as a bad president.

The portrait of former President Barack Obama is not expected to be unveiled for a formal ceremony during Trump’s first term.

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  1. Susan Wright July 20, 2020

    I am no fan of Bill Clinton but he was not a terrible President. On the other hand, it is hard for me to accept the removal of George W. Bush’s portrait. All Americans need to remember how he brought the country together following 9/11. That was a day of infamy for America and one that, sadly, lives on in the memories of those of us whose loved ones were murdered that day. It is an insult to me to remove President Bush’s portrait.

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