Politics

Trump Presidential Photo Missing From LAX

| by Michael Doherty

Los Angeles' LAX airport normally features a portrait of the nation's president, but currently, visitors to LAX are reportedly greeted by an empty frame.

The photo frame, located in LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal, featured former President Barack Obama until President Donald Trump's recent inauguration as the United States' 45th leader. TMZ reports that the White House has yet to send copies of Trump's official picture to locations where presidential portraits are traditionally hung.

Customs and Border protection is reportedly in charge of hanging the picture at LAX, and said that it may take about a week before they receive the portrait.

In a similar story from Trump's inauguration, the Washington, D.C., Metro's 2017 Inauguration Celebration SmarTrip fare cards did not feature a picture of Trump because the transit agency did not receive an approved picture from the Trump campaign in time for the inauguration, The Washington Times reports.

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The 2017 SmarTrip cards featured an American Flag design with a picture of the White House, instead. In 2009 and 2013, the celebratory inauguration SmarTrip cards featured pictures of Obama.

"Due to the long lead time to produce the cards, the new pass commemorates the national celebration of the 58th Presidential Inauguration," said the D.C. Metro in a statement.

Just 48 hours before Trump's inauguration, he had still not named a presidential photographer, or even indicated whether or not he would continue to have an official presidential photographer, Time reports.

Obama's photographer, Pete Souza, captured over 2 million pictures from Obama's administration. While Souza's successor has yet to be named, photojournalist Shealah Craighead is reportedly "at the top of the list," PetaPixel reports.

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Craighead, who served as Alaska Governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's campaign photographer in 2008, has also worked for former Vice President Dick Cheney and former First Lady Laura Bush.

"I think it’s important to have [a] visual record for people and generations to come, to get a sense of not just what the presidency was like but what [the president] was like as a person," said Souza of the role that an official presidential photographer serves.

Sources: TMZ, Time, The Washington Times, PetaPixel / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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