President Donald Trump’s latest addition to White House decor has been noticed by eagle-eyed viewers of the President’s 60 Minute interview.
The artwork, titled “The Republican Club,” shows President Trump sitting between Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, directly across from Abraham Lincoln. Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and both Bushes are also in the imaginary scene.
oh my god, it's hanging in the white house pic.twitter.com/wrq8eo7Bvx
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) October 15, 2018
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The artist himself, Andy Thomas, was thrilled to learn that his artwork was hanging on the wall of Trump’s office.
Thomas told The Daily Beast that Darrell Issa, a fan of the artist’s work, gave the print to Trump.
“He had actually given a 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.”
Thomas is well-known for painting past presidents from each party hanging out together. In 2008, he portrayed Republican presidents playing poker. A subsequent portrait showed Democratic presidents playing pool.
However, Thomas said adding President Trump in the painting wasn’t an easy task. He said, he found “Trump hard to paint” because of his characteristic skin tone and smile, but made him the center of attention anyway.
Thomas said that as far as he knows, no other president has his artwork. He also said Issa has both the Democratic and Republican prints hanging in the office and commissioned a portrait of himself.
“He’s a really friendly guy and he said, ‘If I get a chance, I’m going to show this to Donald,’” Thomas said.
The artist says he was shocked when his wife told him he should be home at a certain time to receive a phone call from Trump.
“You can’t imagine how happy that made me,” he said.