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The White House Has Looked Into Getting Donald Trump's Face On Mount Rushmore

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The White House Has Looked Into Getting Donald Trump's Face On Mount Rushmore

The White House has been inquiring about whether they could squeeze the President's face onto the iconic Mount Rushmore.

The legendary site in South Dakota has the faces of US Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt carved into the rock facade.

According to a report from the New York Times, a Republican official has revealed that work has been bubbling under the surface to have Donald Trump's face added.

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The office of South Dakota's governor, Republican Kristi Noem, says the White House got in touch last year to see whether the project was feasible.

It appears the President isn't shy about his desires to be on the famous monument.

Donald Trump uploaded a photo of him photoshopped in front of Mount Rushmore.

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It's not the first time Trump has indicated his hope of one day having his portrait carved next to the likes of Lincoln and Washington.

When Noem travelled to the capital for a meeting with the President after being elected Governor in 2018, Trump reportedly highlighted his dreams.

Speaking to South Dakota's Argus Leader, Noem recalled how the conversation went: "'Kristi, come on over here. Shake my hand'. I shook his hand, and I said, 'Mr. President, you should come to South Dakota sometime. We have Mount Rushmore.'

"And he goes, 'Do you know it's my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?' I started laughing. He wasn't laughing, so he was totally serious."

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Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania travelled to the site last month for the country's Fourth of July celebrations. When they arrived, the President was presented with a four-foot sized replica of Mount Rushmore but with his face attached to it.

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Sadly for Trump, his dreams and hopes will never go beyond that replica.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service says the structure isn't solid enough for construction to make way for another bust, face or other symbol.

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial Chief of Interpretation and Education Maureen McGee-Ballinger told the Argus Leader that it's actually a pretty regular question to see if additions can be made to the monument.

"From time to time individuals, groups or organisations make proposals to add the busts of other individuals to Mount Rushmore National Memorial," McGee-Ballinger said.

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She said there were two reasons why such a project couldn't go ahead.

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The first is that the surrounding rock isn't suitable for additional carvings and the son of the sculptor who brought the idea to life, Gutzon Borglum, shut down the site after Gutzon died in 1941.

The second reason, according to Maureen, is that the four Presidents were chosen to 'represent the first 150 years of the history of the United States - the birth, growth and preservation of our country'.

Those figures represent the principles not only of the country's past but also it's present and its future. As a result, additional figures aren't necessary, needed or justified.

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Topics: News, US News, Donald Trump

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