What a photo of Trump’s new office reveals about how he wants to be remembered

POLITICO decided to delve deep into Trump’s office itself, with the help of four former White House officials. Here’s our best report for finding out what memorabilia the 45th President wanted to keep around him in his new life in Florida – and what it says about how he sees his legacy.

What are the photos on his wall?

Air Force One photo over Washington: The West Wing in the White House has long shown a series of enlarged “jumbo” photos, and this is one from Air Force One overfly Washington near the ellipse and the White House in the background on July 4, 2020 as part of the “Salute to America”. Trump paid close attention to his presidential plane, adding more TV screens, and ordering a new color scheme to replace the jet’s iconic baby blue.

Photo of Marine One on Mount Rushmore: Trump hosted an event at Mount Rushmore on July 4th last year, and this photo of his presidential helicopter flying in front of Mount Rushmore commemorates the event. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem gave Trump a $ 1,100 replica of the memorial with Trump’s own face among ex-presidents, but he appears to be missing here.

Interesting on his desk?

Newspaper: Before the picture was taken, Trump appears to have leafed through the Wall Street Journal, a newspaper whose editorial staff did so criticized him for promoting false claims about electoral fraud. Trump also issued a statement last month blowing up the editors. saying: “The editorial page of the Wall Street Journal knowingly continues to fight for globalist measures like bad trade deals, open borders and endless wars that favor other countries and sell out our great American workers, and they fight for RINOS that are so bad that hurt the Republican Party. There they are and there they will always be. Fortunately, nobody cares about the Wall Street Journal editorial anymore. “

Writing desk: While Trump couldn’t take the 141-year-old Resolute Desk out of the Oval Office, he now has a similar-looking desk seems to be the Telluride Wood Executive Desk by “Hooker Furniture”. The desk is currently priced at $ 3,600 but will be out of stock until the end of next month.

Chair: Trump used the same chair in the Oval Office that he brought from New York, according to a former White House official.

The infamous Sharpie: Trump also has at least one large black sharpie – the bold, marker-like pen he has used to write and sign items for friends and allies with for years, and occasionally mark critical articles he disliked and to the offending journalist.

Reading glasses: Trump is known to be image conscious and do not want being seen in the office with his reading glasses, and few news photographers took pictures of him wearing them. The New York Times reported In 2019, Trump often didn’t tweet when other people were around because he didn’t want to wear glasses to see his phone screen. Dan Scavino, his longtime social media expert, often printed out suggested tweets in large fonts for Trump to copy.

A bottle of cola: A longtime Diet Coke fan, Trump appears to have a half-drunk glass bottle of Coke next to his phone despite urging Americans to boycott Georgia-based Coca Cola for criticizing new Georgia law that restricts voting. In a statement last Saturday, Trump said: “Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JP Morgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck. Don’t get back to their products until they give in. We can play the game better than they can. “

Plaque commemorating the border wall: The former president has a piece of the US-Mexico border wall that was one of his key election promises for 2016. While Trump had promised a “great beautiful wall”, only 80 miles of new wall were built during his tenure out of a total of 452 miles of the wall erected on his watch. The US Border Patrol plaque praises Trump for “defending American borders”.

iPhone: Trump loved his iPhone, which he used to tweet at any time of the day to call his friends who were part of his kitchen cabinet. Such calls often annoyed his aides, who resented what he said to his confidants.

Wooden box: The box bears Trump’s signature and a seal from the president. Although it is unclear what he is using the box for, the former official said Trump may be keeping his Sharpies trademark.

What about the tables in the back?

Challenge Coin Rack: Challenge coins are coins that are often given to a recipient by a portion or branch of the military and that represent this division of the military. As President, Trump, who frequently praised his building up the military, received numerous challenge coins. Trump also displayed these challenge coins in the Oval Office.

Cups: Trump kept a white mug with the President’s seal on it.

A statue of yourself: No source knew the origins of this mini-bust of Trump, and a Trump spokesman did not provide details about it when asked about it. A former senior White House official said it was “most likely a gift that was sent in. We’d get tons of it – paintings, statues, etc.”

Family photos: The photos are mostly photos that were also on the desk behind him in the Oval Office. Clockwise: his late father, Fred Trump; Trump in a tuxedo; his children Eric, Ivanka and Don Jr. in the back of Winfield House (the official residence of the US Ambassador to Great Britain) as Trump went to the United Kingdom in June 2019; Mrs. Melania Trump; Trump’s late mother, Mary Anne MacLeod Trump; Trump and an unidentified other person walking in the West Wing Colonnade and an unidentified other photo. In the very center of the desk is Trump with his son Barron in New York, probably in Trump Tower. Trump kept few photos behind his desk in the early years of his tenure, but a few photos have been added over the past 18 months, according to a former White House official.

Lamps: The former White House official said the lamps were likely Mar-a-Lago lamps based on the resort’s decor.

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