Trump Has Transformed The Presidential Coin & The Changes Will Make You Sick

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Mr. Trump has tried to make a lot of changes since he has been in office – none for the better. The latest change he has been gloating about is the GOP’s tax reform bill that Congress passed on Wednesday, which has been called “the most sweeping overhaul of the tax system in 30 years.”

Now, it seems that Trump is changing even the smallest things, most likely, to continue to feed his ego. On Friday, it was reported that Trump is making changes to the new presidential “challenge coin.” The coin’s original slogan has been “E pluribus unum.” However, The Washington Post reports that Trump has changed it so both sides of the coin read:

‘Make American Great Again’

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According to The Post, Trump was also personally involved with designing the coin. This is not at all surprising. A White House aide said:

‘(He) wanted to weigh in on it. It’s beautifully made.’

A White House aide told The Post:

‘That’s central to the message. I’m sure there will not be just one coin during his tenure. I’m sure the next one will say “Made America Great Again.”‘

Instead of including the presidential seal, the coin features an image of the White House and an American flag on one side, and an image of an eagle with its head facing right on the other. According to The Post:

‘The changes don’t stop there. In addition to his signature, Trump’s name appears three times on the coin, which is thicker than those made for past presidents. And forget the traditional subdued silver and copper: Trump’s coin, a White House aide marveled, is “very gold.”‘

There are also conflicting accounts of what funds were used to purchase the coins, and whether they were paid for by the Republican National Committee or the White House. A second aide said that the RNC is covering the cost of the coins, which was confirmed on Friday afternoon by the RNC. The second White House aide said:

‘They’re going to be used in ways they haven’t been in the past.’

The aide added that they could be distributed at campaign rallies and to donors. The aides spoke about this anonymously and declined to say how much the coins cost or who designed them.

According to The Washington Post:

‘Some ethics experts questioned the unprecedented decision to include a campaign slogan on the coins, which are often distributed to members of the military.’

Trevor Potter, a Republican former chairman of the Federal Election Commission said:

‘For the commander in chief to give a political token with a campaign slogan on it to military officers wold violate the important principle of separating the military from politics, as well as diminishing the tradition of the coin.’

The Post explained the history of the presidential coin:

‘Challenge coins got their start as military baubles bearing division insignia and presented by officers to troops for exemplary service. The moniker came from a tradition in which service members challenged one another to produce their coins. Those who did not have one had to buy a round of drinks.’

John Wertman, a collector of federal challenge coins who also served as special assistant to the director of presidential letters and messages in the Clinton White House said:

‘It’s definitely not a standard coin. I’m assuming the gold appeals directly to Trump. He has a certain way he projects himself.’

Here’s how Twitter responded to the Trumpian coin:

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