Normally, one of the first orders of business when a new president is inaugurated is to hang the president’s portrait in courthouses and federal buildings around the country.
However, since President Trump was inaugurated, over 7,000 office buildings in America are missing the presidential portrait.
The reason for the delay, however, may lie with the Trump administration, as the Government Publishing Office, which prints and distributes the portraits, claims no official photo has been sent to them yet for printing.
GPO spokesman Gary Somerset said, “GPO is standing by to reproduce copies of the president and the vice president’s photos for official use in Federal facilities, and will do so as soon as the official photo files are provided to us.”
Trump isn’t the only president to be behind schedule on a portrait. President Bill Clinton reportedly waited about a year before his official portrait was provided.
Photos of President Barack Obama were released within just weeks after his inauguration, and new photos were released after his re-election as well.
Max Stier, CEO of Partnership for Public Service, stated, “The government’s career workforce is built to serve whoever is the political leader. It’s part of their DNA, and that presidential portrait is ubiquitous and symbolizes the existing leadership.”
“It’s one of the very first thing’s that’s typically done, but then again, so is getting your political leaders in place,” Steir added, noting that President Trump is behind in staffing his administration, having only submitted just 197 people for key positions.
Out of those 197, the Senate has confirmed only 46.
In comparison, at the same point of his administration, Obama had submitted 323 people, and the Senate had confirmed 183.
Just one week after Trump administration, ABC News reported that the Pentagon had already hung an “unofficial” portrait of President Trump at a VIP entrance of their building.
In March, a wounded veteran, Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., told Fox News that he had become frustrated that the VA medial facility where he was going for treatments did not have a photo of President Trump hanging on their walls, so he took one of his own and hung it up – only to see it yanked down.
Mast said he was told in so many words that “Trump is not our president.”
In June, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Wyoming made the decision that President Trump’s photo would not hang in the City Hall building, instead hanging a picture of former Shoshone Chief Washakie.
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