Trump is refusing to unveil Obama's portrait at the White House, breaking a 40-year tradition

Trump is refusing to unveil Obama's portrait at the White House, breaking a 40-year tradition


    President Donald Trump will not be unveiling the White House portrait of former President Barack Obama breaking a 40-year tradition, NBC News announced on Tuesday.
    According to the paper, Obama would also not be interested in attending such a gathering, citing people familiar with the matter.
    The White House and an Obama spokesperson did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.

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    First-term presidents have held ceremonies in the East Room for decades to display the portraits of their immediate predecessors. In 2012, for instance, Obama did so for former President George W. Bush.   
    "George, you have gone out of your way to make sure the transition to a new administration has been as smooth as possible," Obama said at the time.
    Trump and Obama have perhaps the most tumultuous relationship in modern American history with any current and former presidents. Trump has made false accusations in recent days that Obama has committed an undefined criminal offense. Before his move from reality television to politics, Trump spent years perpetuating a racial conspiracy theory about Obama's birthplace.
    Despite their turbulent history, in 2017 Obama sent a letter to Trump on the Inauguration Day and left it in the Oval Office desk drawer; Trump said it was "beautiful."       
    The first formal unveiling of the portrait took place in 1978, when President Jimmy Carter welcomed his predecessor, President Gerald Ford, back to the White House for an East Room ceremony per NBC.
    Similar ceremonies had taken place in previous years, such as when the former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy returned to the White House in 1971 for the unveiling of her and her husband's portraits, President John F. Kennedy.    

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