Trump's White House moves Bush, Clinton portraits to disused room

Former US president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary are seen with their official White House portraits on June 14, 2004. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - In a break with tradition, the White House of President Donald Trump has removed the portraits of two recent presidents, Mr Bill Clinton and Mr George W. Bush, from the building's entrance hall, CNN reported on Friday (July 17).

The two paintings were moved from the Grand Foyer, where the portraits of recent presidents usually hang, to the Old Family Dining Room, which CNN described as "a small, rarely used room that is not seen by most visitors".

It said the room was mainly used to store tablecloths and furniture.

In place of pictures of Mr Trump's recent predecessors, there now hang pictures of William McKinley, who was assassinated in 1901, and of Theodore Roosevelt, his vice-president who succeeded him upon his death, sources told CNN.

The news network said that Mr Trump would have seen the two portraits on a daily basis in their previous position.

Mr Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton said in his recently published book that Mr Trump "despised" both Mr Bush and Mr Bush's father.

Mrs Hillary Clinton, wife of the former president and former Secretary of State, became an object of Mr Trump's ire when she ran against him in the 2016 election, and has been a frequent critic of his leadership.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.

CNN said the portraits had been moved within the last week.

A portrait of Mr Barack Obama, the president who directly preceded Mr Trump and who has been a frequent subject of his attacks, is not due to be formally unveiled during Mr Trump's first term, CNN said.

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