Smithsonian gallery to display President-Elect Donald Trump's portrait a week before his inauguration
By Shubham Ghosh
Has President-Elect Donald Trump already become the center of a personality cult? According to a Washington Examiner report, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC is set to display his portrait on January 13 and it will be kept for the rest of the month.
Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the U.S. on January 20, the scheduled date for new administrations to take over the White House every four years.
The portrait which shows Trump tossing an apple up was taken by a renowned photographer called Michael O'Brien 27 years ago. Trump was 43 then. O'Brien has worked for big brands like Esquire, Life, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and National Geographic.
The report said the museum acquired this portrait of Trump along with four others in 2011.
The president-elect is not the first to have a portrait, however. The outgoing president, Barack Obama, was the first incumbent to have a portrait made from 3D printed scans two years ago.
Obama's portrait was also on display for the inauguration of his two presidencies in 2009 and 2013, the Washington Examiner added.
The incoming Trump Presidency has been one of the most controversial in the history of the U.S. The country has been so much divided on socio-political and cultural lines that not many are feeling confident about the new administration's handling of things despite the fact that Trump has won the election last month.
While Trump's choice of his administrative team has raised quite a few eyebrows, his open confrontation with the intelligence agencies and media have not kept things light either. In fact, most or all of what Trump has been doing are leading to some form of controversy or another. The common people of the U.S. are hoping to see the New York mogul make the country 'great again' but the beginning has certainly been shaky.