President Trump has denied reports that the White House contacted the governor of South Dakota about the face carving on Mount Rushmore – but said adding his resemblance to the historic monument “sounds like a good idea to me!”
“This is Fake News from @nytimes failures & @CNN bad reviews,” Trump rubbed on Twitter in a post linking to the report.
“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!”
The New York Times article, published Saturday, says a White House spokesman reached out to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem last year, asking about the process of adding Trump̵7;s face to the nearly 80-year-old monument.
The story, which was later captured by CNN, also notes that Trump previously spoke to Noem himself about this during a meeting at the Oval Office.
While denying the report, Trump on Sunday tweeted an image of his face superimposed in front of the mountain. In it, Trump is shown smiling near the 60-foot resemblance of President Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington.
The president first started the idea of adding himself to the mountain during a 2018 Oval Office meeting with Noem – where she initially thought she was joking, according to local outlet argusleader.com.
“I started laughing,” Noem said in the 2018 interview. “He was not laughing, so he was completely serious.”
She added, “He said, ‘Christ, come here. He shook my hand, and so 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?”
When Trump delivered a speech in Mount Rushmore on July 4, Noem greeted him with a 4-foot replica of Mount Rushmore that included his face, according to the New York Times.