Trump Moves Previous Presidential Portraits Into Storage Room


If there is anything we can be sure of about the 45th president of the United States, it’s that pettiness and vindictiveness are not beneath him. After all, even bills that once had bipartisan support and the support of the American people have been discarded if they came from President Obama. The level of bitterness from the childish Donald Trump was on full display this week, even if the portraits of his predecessors were not after Trump had them removed from their place of prominence in the White House and hung in what has become a “storage room,” the family dining room.

Trump has long aired his public issues with the Clinton and Bush families to anyone who would listen, disparaging them anytime they dared disagree with him. The pettiness got him banned from the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush and ignored at the funeral of George H. W. Bush. Still, pettiness is his default mode, which inspired him to demand the portraits be moved to a spot where he would not have to see them each day.

According to CNN:

‘White House tradition calls for portraits of the most recent American presidents to be given the most prominent placement, in the entrance of the executive mansion, visible to guests during official events.

‘That was the case through at least July 8, when President Donald Trump welcomed Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The two stood in the Cross Hall of the White House and made remarks, with the portraits of Clinton and Bush essentially looking on as they had been throughout Trump’s first term.’

At this point, the portraits of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are not yet on display in the White House, but it’s inevitable that (God forbid) if Trump wins a second term, he will choose not to acknowledge the other of his most recent three predecessors.

‘The portrait of former President Barack Obama is not expected to be unveiled for a formal ceremony during Trump’s first term, a sign of the bitter relationship between the 44th and 45th presidents. Trump has accused Obama of unsubstantiated and unspecified crimes, and has questioned whether Obama was born in the US for years.

‘Trump has — less frequently — similarly disparaged Bush and Clinton. In his book, former Trump national security adviser John Bolton wrote Trump “despised” both Bush presidents, and people familiar with the conversations say Trump has lambasted George W. Bush as “stupid.” Trump has similarly castigated Clinton, the husband of his 2016 presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, and suggested he was a bad president.’

The family dining room was renovated by Michelle Obama and featured works by black artists. Now, according to White House insiders, it has become a storage room. It is now also the home of the official portraits of two recent presidents and all because Donald Trump cannot handle criticism in any form.

‘Photographs of the new portrait locations were reviewed by CNN, showing the Clinton and Bush portraits now hanging in the Old Family Dining Room, a small space off the grand State Dining Room. The Old Family Dining Room is barely used in the Trump administration, aides said, and was taken off the list of locations visited during White House tours before the pandemic closed the executive mansion to the public.

‘”President and Mrs. Trump did not want that room showcased on public tours,” a separate official said, adding that the room had essentially become a storage room during the last three years.’

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