A White House adviser reached out to the South Dakota Governor’s office to inquire about the procedure for adding additional presidents to Mount Rushmore.
The request was made last year, a Republican official told the New York Times.
When asked about the motion, the White House did not deny that it had taken place and instead replied that it was a federal, not a state, memorial.
Donald Trump first had the prospect of having his face carved on the historic site shortly after taking office in January 2017.
Kristi Noem, who was a congresswoman representing South Dakota at the time, said he put the idea into practice at that first meeting.
I shook his hand and said, “Mr. President, you should come to South Dakota sometime. We have Mount Rushmore.”
‘And he says,’ You know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore? ‘ ‘
Donald Trump, pictured at Mount Rushmore on July 4th, has long thought about adding himself
The rally on July 4th was a triumph for Governor Kristi Noem, who had long campaigned for his visit
Noem said she thought he was kidding.
“I started laughing,” she said. “He didn’t laugh so he was totally serious.”
Trump brought it up again later that year – this time publicly at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in July.
“I would ask if you think I’ll be on Mount Rushmore someday or not, but here’s the problem: if I’m kidding, totally joking, having fun, the fake news media will say,” He thinks he should be on Mount Rushmore, ‘he said.
“So I won’t say it, OK? I won’t tell ‘
Maureen McGee-Ballinger, information officer at Mount Rushmore, told The Argus Leader that workers are being asked daily if a president can be added.
For years people have suggested Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, among others. A website was set up for Obama.
McGee-Ballinger said it was impossible.
“There’s no more space to carve on the sculpture,” she said.
Trump watches jets fly over to celebrate July 4th in South Dakota
Mount Rushmore spokeswoman Maureen McGee-Ballinger said there was no more space to carve
“When you look at the sculpture, there appears to be some space to the left of Washington or to the right of Lincoln.
“You are either looking at the rock behind the sculpture (right), which is an optical illusion, or at the left, which cannot be carved.”
Mount Rushmore was started in 1927 and never completed. The work ended in 1941 with the death of the sculptor Gutzon Borglum.
Noem, who was elected South Dakota’s first female governor in 2018, had long hoped Trump would visit her state for the July 4th fireworks on-site.
When he did so, she presented him with a four-foot-long replica of the website that year that contained his picture, which was carved alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
Noem was rewarded for her efforts with a trip on Air Force One after the July 4th event.
However, the attention sparked rumors that the 48-year-old had Mike Pence’s job as vice president in mind.
Noem spoke to the crowd at the July 4th rally and praised the president for his work
Noem, 48, is a rising star in the Republican Party and is said to be aspiring to a cabinet role
Three weeks later, Noem flew to Washington DC to meet with Pence and assured him that she was not interested in his job.
There is no indication that Trump wants to replace him.
Still, Noem is seen as a rising star in the Republican Party.
The governor has set up a television studio in her state capital, has become a regular at Fox News, and has begun taking advice from Trump’s former 2016 campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is still listening to the president.
She’ll be addressing a Republican dinner in Iowa next month.
“It seems like there is some interest on their part – it will surely be noticed,” said Jon Hansen, a Republican state representative in South Dakota, of Noem’s position for national office.
Lewandowski said Noem is a star who “has a bright future in Republican politics”.