Obama White House Portrait Unveiling Not Expected
SOURCES: WHITE HOUSE HAS NO PLANS TO HOLD OFFICIAL PORTRAIT CEREMONY FOR OBAMA
(CNN) – The official portrait for former president Obama may not be hung in the White House any time soon.
Presidential portraits are traditionally unveiled during their successors’ first terms.
But sources say the ceremony for Obama is not on the calendar at this point.
And they say the unveiling may not happen at all while Trump is in office.
An administration official says some discussions did occur, but there’s no date on the schedule.
The situation concerning the portrait appears to stem from a chilly relationship between the two leaders.
President Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Obama, even accusing him of committing unspecified crimes.
Obama recently slammed the White House handling of the coronavirus pandemic, without mentioning Trump by name.
The unveiling ceremony is usually politics-free and also involves putting up the portraits of former first ladies.