Simply had a terrific assembly with President Trump! pic.twitter.com/jGyAnURAky
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) April 5, 2021
POLITICO determined to do its personal deep dive into Trump’s workplace, with the assistance of 4 former White Home officers. Right here’s our greatest reported effort to determine which mementos the forty fifth president selected to maintain round him in his new Florida life — and what it says about how he views his legacy.
What are the pictures on his wall?
Picture of Air Power One over Washington: The West Wing within the White Home has lengthy featured a variety of blown-up “jumbo” pictures and that is one in every of Air Power One flying over Washington close to the Ellipse and the White Home within the backdrop on July 4th, 2020 as a part of the “Salute to America.” Trump paid shut consideration to his presidential airplane, including extra tv screens and ordering up a brand new colour scheme to interchange the jet’s iconic child blue.
Picture of Marine One at Mount Rushmore: Trump held a July 4 occasion final 12 months at Mount Rushmore, and this picture of his presidential helicopter flying in entrance of Mount Rushmore memorializes the occasion. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem gave Trump a $1,100 reproduction of the monument that includes Trump’s personal face among the many ex-presidents, however he seems to be lacking right here.
Something attention-grabbing on his desk?
Newspaper: Earlier than the image was taken, Trump appears to have been leafing by way of the Wall Road Journal, a paper whose editorial board has criticized him for selling false claims on voter fraud. Trump additionally issued an announcement final month blasting the editors, saying: “The Wall Road Journal editorial web page continues, knowingly, to struggle for globalist insurance policies similar to unhealthy commerce offers, open borders, and countless wars that favor different nations and promote out our nice American employees, they usually struggle for RINOS which have so badly harm the Republican Get together. That’s the place they’re and that’s the place they may all the time be. Fortuitously, no person cares a lot about The Wall Road Journal editorial anymore.”
Desk: Whereas Trump couldn’t take the 141-year outdated Resolute Desk from the Oval Workplace, he now has a similar-looking desk that seems to be the Telluride Wooden Government Desk from “Hooker Furnishings.” The desk at present retails for $3,600 however is at present out of inventory till late subsequent month.
Chair: Trump used the identical chair within the Oval Workplace, which he introduced down from New York, based on a former White Home official.
The notorious Sharpie: Trump additionally has at the very least one large black Sharpie — the fats, marker-like pen that he has wielded for years to write down and autograph gadgets for pals and allies, and sometimes to mark up vital articles he didn’t like and ship it to the offending journalist.
Studying glasses: Trump is famously image-conscious and didn’t prefer to be seen carrying his studying glasses whereas in workplace, and few information photographers snapped photos of him carrying them. The New York Instances reported in 2019 that Trump usually didn’t tweet when different individuals have been round as a result of he didn’t need to should put on glasses to see his telephone display screen. Dan Scavino, his longtime social media knowledgeable, usually printed out instructed tweets in massive fonts so Trump might log out on them.
Bottle of Coke: Trump, a long-time Weight loss program Coke fanatic, seems to have a half-drunk glass bottle of Coke subsequent to his telephone regardless that he urged Individuals to boycott Coca Cola, based mostly in Georgia, for criticizing Georgia’s new regulation that restricts voting. In an announcement final Saturday, Trump stated: “Boycott Main League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airways, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck. Don’t return to their merchandise till they relent. We are able to play the sport higher than them.”
Plaque commemorating the border wall: The previous president has a plaque marking his U.S.-Mexico border wall that was one in every of his fundamental 2016 marketing campaign guarantees. Whereas Trump had promised a “large lovely wall,” solely 80 miles of recent wall have been constructed throughout his time in workplace out of a complete of 452 miles of the wall constructed on his watch. The U.S. Border Patrol plaque praises Trump for “defending America’s borders.”
iPhone: Trump cherished his iPhone, which he most famously used to tweet in any respect hours of the day to name up his pals that have been a part of his kitchen cupboard. Such calls usually aggravated his aides, who fretted about what he was saying to his confidants.
WOODEN BOX: The field, which comprises a custom-built handcrafted pocket knife, was given to Trump final week and options Trump’s title and the presidential seal on the highest of it, in addition to the phrase: “The Best President Ever to Serve America.” It was offered to Trump by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) and constructed by Jason Tippy, proprietor of knives and cutlery maker Tippy Customs of Louisiana, Tippy advised POLITICO. Contained in the field, an inscription reads: “Mr. President: This blade represents the 100 million sturdy Band of Brothers who stand prepared, with sharpened expertise, to protect our nice Republic.”
What about these tables within the again?
Problem cash rack: Problem cash are cash usually given to a recipient by a component or department of the navy, they usually signify that division of the navy. As president, Trump, who ceaselessly extolled his buildup of the navy, obtained quite a few problem cash. Trump additionally displayed these similar problem cash within the Oval Workplace.
Mug: Trump has stored a white mug with the presidential seal.
A statue of himself: No sources knew the provenance of this mini-bust of Trump, and a Trump spokesperson didn’t share any particulars about it when requested about it. A former senior White Home official stated it was “most definitely a present that was despatched in. We’d get tons of these — work, statues, and so forth.”
Household pictures: The pictures are largely pictures that have been additionally on the desk behind him within the Oval Workplace. Clockwise: his late father Fred Trump; Trump in a tuxedo; his youngsters Eric, Ivanka, and Don Jr. at the back of Winfield Home (the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the U.Okay.) when Trump went to the U.Okay. in June 2019; spouse Melania Trump; Trump’s late mom Mary Anne MacLeod Trump; Trump and an unidentified different particular person strolling within the West Wing Colonnade and an unidentified different picture. Within the very center of the desk is Trump with son Barron in New York, seemingly at Trump Tower. Trump solely stored a couple of pictures behind his desk for the primary few years of his time period, however then within the final 18 months, a variety of pictures have been added, based on a former White Home official.
Lamps: The previous White Home official stated the lamps are seemingly Mar-a-Lago lamps based mostly on the decor of the resort.