Portraits of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush moved from prominent space in White House to 'storage' room
President Trump has already snubbed the portrait of former President Barack Obama, according to NBC. People familiar with the tradition of hanging portraits of past presidents in prominent places in the White House indicated that "Trump is unconcerned about shunning yet another presidential custom."
And now Trump has gone even further to rid the White House of anyone he doesn't like. CNN has reported that "the two official portraits of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were removed from the Grand Foyer of the White House within the last week, and replaced by portraits of two Republican presidents who served more than a century ago."
"White House tradition calls for portraits of the most recent American presidents to be given the most prominent placement, in the entrance of the executive mansion, visible to guests during official events." the report stated.
Shortly after a meeting on July 8, between Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Clinton and Bush portraits were moved into the Old Family Dining Room, a small room that is rarely used.
The portraits were apparently replaced by ones of William McKinley, who was assassinated in 1901, and Theodore Roosevelt, who succeeded McKinley, according to people who have seen the new portraits.
The placement of the Clinton and Bush portraits in that dining room is also a significant snub, CNN continued.
"President and Mrs. Trump did not want that room showcased on public tours," a separate official told CNN, adding that the room had essentially become a storage room during the last three years. "The Old Family Dining Room was renovated in 2015 by Michelle Obama, with donations from the private White House Historical Association."