The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has revealed former President Trump’s portrait that will hang in the museum once it re-opens in mid-May.
According to The Daily Wire:
“Installed in the museum’s signature exhibition, ‘America’s Presidents,’ the portrait will hang in a space reserved for the nation’s most recent former president and will be a part of the permanent collections,” The Smithsonian Magazine reported. “The 2019 image of Trump is one of many captured by the award-winning photographer Pari Dukovic, while on assignment for Time magazine. Taken on June 17, after Trump officially announced his plans to run for reelection, the image depicts him perched at the edge of a maroon chair with one hand resting on the historic Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.”
Behind Trump, who is seated behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, are the flags of the then-five branches of the Armed Forces, including the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Trump later created Space Force, which is now the sixth branch of the Armed Forces.
“Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States after tapping into populist American sentiment,” states a summary of Trump’s presidency featured on the wall next to his portrait. “Having led a career in business and television, he created an identity that was anti-traditional government and put for an ‘America First’ agenda. During his tenure, Trump appointed a record number of federal judges, including three Supreme Court Justices. He brokered the Abraham Accords, significantly restricted immigration, and reduced government regulations. In February 2020, the unemployment rate was a record low 3.5 percent.”
“There’s always a sense of transition when we install a new presidential portrait,” Dorothy Moss, the gallery’s curator of painting and sculpture, said. “We are a museum that reflects art history and biography, and we are able to celebrate the presidents with portraits that are historical documents.”