Have you noticed that President Donald Trump has a tendency to frown? According to staffers, he does it intentionally, in an effort to emulate the strength Sir Winston Churchill.
The campaign aides reportedly told The New York Times that Trump wanted look tough while running for president and frequently favored publicity images of him scowling and squinting his eyes, saying that he was trying to look "like Churchill" when staffers asked what look he was trying to accomplish.
They explained that Trump would usually veto any campaign imagery that he thought gave him even the slightest implication of weakness.
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Those who have been following Trump's behavior for years said that his reported fixation on appearing strong is in line with what they know about him.
"He's deeply, deeply insecure about how he's perceived in the world, about whether or not he's competent and deserves what he's gotten," said Tim O'Brien, author of the 2005 book, "TrumpNation," which documented the president's career beginnings. "There's an unquenchable thirst for validation and love. That's why he can never stay quiet, even when it would be wise strategically or emotionally to hold back."
Trump's aides also said that the president, who won the election in an electoral vote landslide but lost the popular vote to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million ballots, is determined to prove to the nation and the world that he is a legitimate and capable president.
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"The Russia investigation is being used by his political opponents to delegitimize his entire presidency and to delegitimize his agenda," longtime Trump political adviser Sam Nunberg said. "He will fight back, and he does it better than anybody in this White House. And that includes all those Republican National Committee guys he hired to defend him."
Trump, who, like Churchill, was born into wealth and went on to be elected into his nation's highest office, has made no effort to hide his admiration for Churchill and made a point of returning a bust of the former UK prime minister to the Oval Office on his first day as president after his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, moved it to make room for a bust of Martin Luther King Jr., according to The Hill.
"I love Winston Churchill," Obama said at a press conference with then-British Prime Minister David Cameron, when asked whether moving the bust was an intentional snub to the British political icon, according to The Hill. "I love the guy."