Trump will not hold unveiling ceremony for Obama's presidential portrait

by Laura Mize · May 19th, 2020 1:42 pm

President Donald Trump will break tradition by not hosting an unveiling ceremony for the presidential portrait of former President Barack Obama.

For 40 years, each first-term president has held a ceremony in the East Room of the White House to reveal his predecessor's portrait, along with a portrait of the former first lady. The portraits are then hung in the White House.

The longstanding convention has been upheld despite political divides, even as Republicans and Democrats swapped power.

Sources close to the matter say Trump will not do so for the Obamas and that President Obama would not want to attend such a ceremony with Trump as president.

Some media outlets call Trump and Obama's relationship unusually combative, compared to other relationships between a current president and his predecessor.


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