President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump’s Executive Orders Beirut consequences represent a test for US aid to MORE frustrating allies Sunday evening denied reports the White House addressed to the South Dakota government. Kristi Noem (R) about adding his face to Mount Rushmore.
The New York Times reported earlier Sunday that a White House adviser contacted Noem’s office in 2019 to inquire about the procedure for accepting new presidents at Mount Rushmore. The report has been summarized by other news outlets, including CNN.
Trump, who retweeted the CNN headline, called the reports “fake news,” although adding that it was “a good idea for me!”
“”This is fake news from failure @New York Times & bad reviews @CNN. I never suggested it, although with all the many things accomplished in the first three and a half years, perhaps more than any other presidency, it is a good idea for me! “He tweeted.
This is fake news from the failed @nytimes & bad reviews @CNN. I never suggested it, although for me, after all the many things accomplished in the first 3 1/2 years, maybe more than any other presidency it is a good idea! https://t.co/EHrA9yUsAw
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
Noem, then a congresswoman, said in 2018 that Trump had told her he wanted his picture on the memorial and made it clear to her that, according to the Argus leader, he was “totally serious”.
“He said, ‘Kristi, come here. Shake my hand,'” Noem said at the time. “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?” “”
That same year, Trump said at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, “I would ask if you think I’ll be on Mount Rushmore one day or not, but here’s the problem: If I’m kidding, total kidding, kidding The fake news media will say, “He thinks he should be on Mount Rushmore.” So I won’t say it, okay? I won’t say it. “
Noem recalled the conversation and handed Trump a four-foot-long replica of the memorial with his face on when he walked into the state for a July 4th event last month, the Times reported.
Weeks later, Noem met with Vice President Pence at the White House to inform the Vice President that she would do everything in her power to help the November Trump Pence ticket with the unspoken conclusion that she did not try to get him to replace on the ticket according to the Times.
Noem is considered a rising star among Republicans, especially since the July 4th event. A White House official told the Times that replacing pence had not been discussed, adding that Mount Rushmore was a federal monument and therefore was not under Noem’s jurisdiction.
An official close to Pence said his team had also considered Noem could be helpful in helping Pence prepare his debate with the former vice president Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump’s executive order is “a ruthless war on social security”. Trump got into an irritated exchange with the leading GOP donor Adelson: Report Blumenthal calls for the release of materials in which the Russian threat to US elections is MORE described Named as his runner-up, according to the Times.
The Hill approached Noem’s office for comment.