Politics

Trump Unknowingly Takes Photo Before Clinton Portrait (Video)

| by Alex Scarr

After a brief hiatus, tours of the White House have resumed and President Donald Trump made sure to surprise a group and pose for photos. What was pictured behind Trump, however, has become somewhat of a social media firestorm (video below).

According to reports, Trump surprised a group of schoolchildren on a routine tour of the White House March 7, posing for pictures and giving out hugs.

The particular photo that has surprised some and amused others came from a moment when he stopped to greet Jack Cornish, a fifth-grade student from Birmingham, Alabama, KTLA reports. Trump appeared to give a "thumbs-up" while gripping Cornish's shoulders, all while in front of a portrait of former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Clinton, of course, was Trump's Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential election, and her portrait remains hanging in the White House from her eight years as first lady during former President Bill Clinton's time in office.

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The surprise encounter from Trump came in the East Room, a first-level hallway where gatherings and ceremonies are often held. He stepped out from behind a wood partition to greet his guests.

According to The Hill, the portrait was spotted in late Nov. 2016, as part of the Christmas decorations adorning the White House. Former President Barack Obama chose the painting of Mrs. Clinton to hang in the East Room as part of the White House theme "The Gift of the Holidays."

The theme sought to "reflect on not only the joy of giving and receiving, but also the true gifts of life, such as service, friends and family, education, and good health."

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Many portraits of former presidents and first ladies adorn the halls of the White House, and it appears nothing more than coincidence that Trump found himself in front of a portrait of his presidential rival.

The White House has not commented about whether the portrait of Mrs. Clinton will remain.

As for the tourists, they enjoyed the unplanned visit from the president himself. Trump is not the first president to surprise guests; Obama reportedly often did, as well. Former President George W. Bush was known to surprise visitors at his presidential library in Dallas, Texas, according to The Washington Post.

The White House had undergone an unusually long period of time without tours, only reopening for visitors this week.

"We are using this time to tend to routine maintenance, updates and renovations along the tour route to ensure the guest experience is top notch," said Lindsay Reynolds, chief of staff for Melania Trump, to CNN last month.

Tours are self-guided and last about 45 minutes. Each tour must be requested through members of Congress.

Sources: The Washington Post, KTLA, The Hill / Photo credit: PixabayMark Knoller/Twitter

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