PHOTO: Painting of Donald Trump Hanging Out With Former Republican Presidents Hangs in the White House

So Trump.

The latest addition to the White House is a painting called “The Republican Club,” by artist Andy Thomas which depicts President Donald Trump hanging out with Republican presidents of the past. The painting shows Trump seated between Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, directly across from Abraham Lincoln. Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan. Both Bushes are also shown.

The painting could be seen in the background of a photo tweeted by 60 Minutes, which aired an interview with Trump last night.

An eagle-eyed Twitter user spotted it and raised the alarm:

It is the latest in a series by Thomas that depicts past presidents from each party hanging out together. The artwork has been criticized by amateur artists who view it as a tacky, even kitschy addition to the White House decor.

https://twitter.com/clonedbefore/status/1051628841381163008

Trump received the painting as a gift from Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), whom Trump nominated to head the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and who is a fan of Thomas’s work. (At one point, Issa even had a portrait of himself commissioned from Thomas.)

“He’s a really friendly guy and he said, ‘If I get a chance, I’m going to show this to Donald,’” Thomas said.

Then Trump saw the painting.

“He had actually given a [sic] me real gracious call to tell me how much he liked it,” Thomas said of Trump. “He was very complimentary. He made a comment that he’d seen a lot of paintings of himself and he rarely liked them.” He added: “You can’t imagine how happy that made me,” noting that he never expected to receive a thank you from the president himself.

Responding to criticisms about the painting, Thomas said that while this one is getting a lot of attention because of the 60 Minutes interview, his presidential art is bipartisan.

“I challenge people to look at the paintings and see if they can figure it out,” he said, declining to discuss his personal political views.

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