President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine Tests Negatively for Coronavirus for the Second Time Some GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut consequences present evidence of US aid to ally frustration more on Sunday night denied reports that the White House had arrived in South Dakova Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn Noem Thousands of cyclists flock to South Dakota for engine re-vote governors approval ratings fall as COVID-19 cases climb Noem: South Dakota students ‘will definitely be in class’ this fall (R) for adding his face to Mount Rushmore.
The New York Times reported earlier Sunday that a White House aide had contacted Noem’s office in 2019 to ask about the process of adding new presidents to Mount Rushmore. The report was compiled by other media outlets, including CNN.
Trump, returning the CNN headline, called the reports “fake news,” though he added that “sounds like a good idea to me!”
“This is Fake News from failure @nytimes & bad ratings @CNN. I never suggested it, though, based on all the things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me! “
This is Fake News from @nytimes and @CNN bad reviews. I never suggested it, though, based on all the things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me! https://t.co/EHrA9yUsAw
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
Noem, then a congresswoman, said in 2018 that Trump had told her he aspired to have his image on the monument and clarified to her that he was “totally serious,” according to the Argus Leader.
“He said, ‘Christ, come here.’ “Shake my hand,” said Noem at the time. “I shook his hand and said, ‘Mr. President, you have to come somewhere in South Dakota. We have Mount Rushmore. “And he goes, ‘Do you know that it is my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?’ “
That same year, at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Trump said, “I would ask if you think I would one day be on Mount Rushmore, but here’s the problem: If I were to do this jokingly, “joking completely, having fun, fake media means ‘he believes he should be on Mount Rushmore’, so I’ll not say it well, okay? I’ll not say it.”
Noem, recalling the conversation, presented Trump with a four-legged replica of the monument depicting his face when he arrived in the state for an Fourth of July event last month, the Times reported.
Weeks later, Noem met with Vice President Pence at the White House to tell the vice president that she would do everything in her power to help the Trump-Pence ticket in November, with the unspoken implication that she was not seeking to replace it on the ticket, according to the Times.
Noem has been seen as a rising star among Republicans, especially since the July 4 event. A White House official told the Times replacing Pence has not been discussed and added that Mount Rushmore is a federal monument and thus is not under Noem’s jurisdiction.
An official close to Pence said his team has also considered that Noem could be helpful in helping Pence prepare for his debate with anyone who is a former Vice President. Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is ‘ruthless fight against Social Security’ Trump enters into a test exchange with senior GOP donor Adelson: Blumenthal report calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections appoints as his running mate, according to the Times.
Hill reached out to Noem’s office for comment.