It looks like a long-standing tradition at the White House has come to an end. It is a tradition for first-term presidents to host their immediate predecessor at the White House to unveil an official portrait. Sources within the White House told CNN that the event was not even put on the current calendar.
With Trump accusing Obama of unsubstantiated and unspecified crimes, the veiling will most likely not take place at least not while Trump is still in office.
CNN reports that an administration official stated that there have been some discussions between the White House and Obama’s team to hang the portrait but no date was determined nor was the event ever scheduled.
“Presidential portrait unveilings are one of the three events that bring former presidents together. This level of animosity between a sitting president and his predecessors is unprecedented in modern history,” Kate Andersen Brower, author of “Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump,” told CNN.
Since Trump’s inauguration, he and Obama have only met in person once at the funeral of President George H.W. Bush back in December of 2018. The two men briefly shook hands before the service started and they had no further interaction.
Trump has spent much of his time in office attacking Obama and working to undo anything Obama was responsible for no matter the cost to Americans or the planet.
During a recent interview, Trump was asked if he would attend the opening of Obama’s presidential library, which is several years away.
“He probably wouldn’t invite me. Why should he?” Trump said,
First ladies also attend the unveiling ceremony and their portraits are also unveiled.
Trump’s first term will end next January, and neither Obama nor Michelle is expected to participate in a portrait unveiling before then.
Both the White House and representatives for Obamas have declined to comment.