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Trump Official Portrait Not Yet Provided to Federal Buildings

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By    |   Friday, 07 Jul 2017 11:38 AM

President Donald Trump's official portrait has not yet been given to federal buildings and courthouses around the U.S., six months into his administration, The Hill reports. 

When the photo is sent to the Government Publishing Office, the General Services Administration and other agencies send out the portraits for hanging in more than 7,000 agencies and office buildings, according to The Hill, but the Trump administration has not sent the Government Publishing Office a photo, spokesman Gary Somerset said.

"GPO is standing by to reproduce copies of the president and the vice president's photos for official use in federal facilities, and will do so as soon as the official photo files are provided to us," Somerset said.

While most presidents get the portrait ready before or soon after inauguration, Trump is not alone in taking his time. Bill Clinton took about a year to get his official portrait ready, a White House Historical Association spokesperson told The Hill.

Former President Barack Obama's portrait was taken down at noon the day of Trump's inauguration, and picture frames at federal offices have stood empty since then, The Hill reported.

The lack of experience of the new administration has been cited as one reason why the portraits have not been produced.

"This is a symptom of a group of individuals who collectively don't have much prior experience in the executive branch, and I think as a result they haven't fully understood the existing process," said Max Stier, president and CEO of Partnership for Public Service, according to The Hill.

"The government's career workforce is built to serve whoever is the political leader. It's part of their DNA, and that presidential portrait is ubiquitous and symbolizes the existing leadership," Stier added.

Some offices have taken the initiative to hang unofficial portraits. "We got Trump's picture, printed it out, and went and changed it," Vinton, Iowa county auditor, told ABC News in January. 

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President Donald Trump's official portrait has not yet been given to federal buildings and courthouses around the U.S., six months into his administration, The Hill reports.
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