Updated: February 27, 2021
President Donald Trump may not unveil the official portrait of America’s first black President Barack Obama at the White House.
If the Portrait is unveiled, it would be hanged at the White House and Mr. Trump, who does not like his predecessor that much, may be forced to see it often.
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NBC News was first to report that President Trump had not planned to unveil Barack Obama’s portrait at the White House.
Obama is the first black President to have lived at the White House with his wife, Michelle Obama, and their two children.
CNN quoted people familiar with the matter, as saying that “such an event wasn’t currently on the calendar — and may not occur at all while Trump remains in office.”
The report quoted an administration official, as saying that there have been some discussions between the White House and Obama’s team to hang the portrait but no date was ever officially scheduled.
“Presidential portrait unveilings are one of the three events that bring former presidents together. This level of animosity between a sitting president and his predecessors is unprecedented in modern history,” CNN quoted Kate Andersen Brower, author of “Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump”, as saying.
CNN noted that “Trump and Obama have met only once in person since Inauguration Day, at the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush in December 2018. They shook hands briefly at the start of the service but didn’t interact for the remainder of the day.”
“One of the traditional set-pieces of the club is the portrait unveiling in the White House East Room, which in the past has occurred sometime in a new president’s first term. Obama hosted George W. Bush in 2012; Bush hosted Bill Clinton in 2004; Clinton hosted George H.W. Bush in 1995; and the elder Bush hosted Ronald Reagan in 1989. First ladies also attend the ceremony and their portraits are unveiled as well,” the report said.
Trump, whose family immigrated to the United States from Germany, has never really considered Obama, whose father came from Kenya, and mother’s family from the United Kingdom, as a true American.
In recent day, he has accused Obama of criminal activities, but when asked to elaborate, he was unable to articulate any coherent response.
Obama has criticized Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis that has left more than 92,000 Americans dead and. counting. President Trump has been attacking Obama for more than three years and many American newspapers have described the charges as false.