Trump would be breaking a 40-year tradition if he doesn’t unveil Obama’s portrait.
In a report from NBC News, the 40-year tradition will not be taking place between Trump and Obama, with the report going on to state: “… if Trump wins a second term in November, it could be 2025 before Obama returns to the White House to see his portrait displayed among every U.S. president from George Washington to Bush.”
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As the report noted, presidents of both parties have often dismissed partisanship in these moments to honor the person they’re replacing. During Obama’s hosting of former President George W. Bush’s portrait unveiling he acknowledged how he and his predecessor differed while still honoring him, saying: “We may have our differences politically, but the presidency transcends those differences.”
The report comes after Trump has accused Obama of unsubstantiated and unspecified crimes, as well as calling him “grossly incompetent” after Obama criticized his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said during a commencement address Saturday. “A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
Trump responds to Obama's commencement address by saying he "was an incompetent president. That's all I can say. Grossly incompetent."
Quite the accusation coming from the guy currently overseeing the most incompetent response to the crisis of any nation.pic.twitter.com/P2MMR6MtH6
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 17, 2020
Trump responded to the criticism on Sunday via Twitter, writing: “The Obama Administration is turning out to be one of the most corrupt and incompetent in U.S. history. Remember, he and Sleepy Joe are the reasons I am in the White House!!!”
The Obama Administration is turning out to be one of the most corrupt and incompetent in U.S. history. Remember, he and Sleepy Joe are the reasons I am in the White House!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2020
Source: NBC News