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Trump Had Presidential Portrait Before Winning Election

President Donald Trump was so confident he would win the election that he allegedly commissioned his presidential portrait even before the results came in on Nov. 8, 2016.

Scottish artist Craig Campbell says he was approached by first son Eric Trump some time after his father was confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate in July.

"Eric approached me not long after his dad was confirmed as the Republican candidate to see if I would be interested in doing a presidential portrait," Campbell told the Daily Mail. "This was ages before the day of voting but Eric thought it would be a nice surprise for if he won."

The painting shows Trump wearing a gold tie and the American flag pin. He sits looking off into to the distance with the American flag and the presidential seal behind him. 

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Campbell, 56, is well-known for his portraits of golfers, including Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, and his work has been featured in Trump's golf course in Turnberry, Scotland.

According to Planet Radio, he is one of Scotland's foremost figurative and portraiture artists. He has been working on multiple paintings for the Trump family, and will be holding an exhibition at the Trump resort in July. 

He says he agreed to paint a presidential portrait for an undisclosed fee, despite not knowing if Trump would win the election. It's unclear if Campbell supports Trump's political views, but he did confess that he was surprised that Trump won the 2016 presidential election.

"Like everyone else, I was shocked when he won it in the end but I've met him, and his whole family, and they're been very nice people," he said.

He says he spent time looking at photos of Trump online and struggled to find one where he looked dignified.

"I had to scour the web to get a picture where he wasn't pulling a face and looked presidential," he said. "I'm really pleased with how it turned out."

Eric reportedly saw the completed portrait for the first time in April. Campbell says the president's son was also pleased with the finished work.

"'Eric was really impressed with it when he was visiting Turnberry the other month. He thought it looked very lifelike," said the painter.

"Hopefully he'll hang it up in the oval office when he takes it with him. There's not many people who can say they've done an official portrait of the American president."

Sources: Daily Mail, Planet Radio / Photo credit: Voice of America/Wikimedia Commons

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