White House reportedly asked South Dakota official about expanding monumentDonald Trump has denied that his team ever approached South Dakota’s governor about adding his face to the iconic monument depicting four presidents at Mount Rushmore. However, he added that it sounded like a good idea.The New York Times reported a Republican party official source on Saturday stating that a White House aide reached out to Kristi Noem’s office with the question: “What’s the process to add additional presidents to Mount Rushmore?” Continue reading...
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The White House reportedly asked South Dakota's governor how to add another president to Mount Rushmore, and she later gave Trump a 4-foot replica with his face on it
Last year, a White House aide asked the office of South Dakota's governor, Kristi Noem, how...Last year, a White House aide asked the office of South Dakota's governor, Kristi Noem, how to add more presidents to Mount Rushmore, The New York Times reported Saturday, citing an anonymous source familiar with the conversation. Gov. Noem played to President Trump's interest in the monument in July, greeting him with a four-foot replica of Mount Rushmore with his face added on to it. Noem recalled her first meeting with Trump in the oval office: "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?'" It's not possible to add another president to the monument, according to reporting by the South Dakota paper Argus Leader. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's not possible to carve a fifth president's face into South Dakota's Mount Rushmore national memorial — there's no secure surface left, according to the National Park Service. But that didn't stop the Trump administration from asking. Last year, a White House aide contacted the office of South Dakota's governor, Republican Kristi Noem, to inquire about the process for adding more faces, according to The New York Times. The Times cited a Republican official familiar with the conversation. Trump's interest in Mount Rushmore, and his desire to be etched in among the four existing presidents, is no surprise to Noem, who says he brought it up during their first meeting in the oval office. "He said, 'Kristi, come on over here. Shake my hand,'" Noem recounted to South Dakota's Argus Leader. "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," she said. "He wasn't laughing, so he was totally serious." Noem, a close ally of President Trump's, has since played into that dream, at least with the power she has. When Trump visited the monument in early July for an Independence Day speech, she greeted him with a four-foot model of Mount Rushmore with his face carved into it, the Times reported, citing a source familiar with the exchange. The news came amid rumors that Noem could overtake Vice President Mike Pence as Trump's running mate in the 2020 election, though The Times cited a source who said Noem has already indicated to Pence that she isn't trying to replace him. To be clear, adding another face to Mount Rushmore is not possible. While it looks like there's a spot to the right of George Washington — which is actually where the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, intended to put Thomas Jefferson — the rock surface is unstable. Noem reportedly joked with Trump that there is another option, Argus Leader reports. "Come pick out a mountain," she told him.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
Kanye West announced July 4 he intended to run for president, and confusion has since followed...Kanye West announced July 4 he intended to run for president, and confusion has since followed whether he actually intends to run or not. This week, West's campaign team filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and qualified to appear on the November presidential ballot in one state thus far: Oklahoma. West shared a doctored image on Twitter early Friday morning that showed his face on Mount Rushmore alongside the four former presidents carved into the monument. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Although voters may still be struggling with the legitimacy of Kanye West's presidential bid, the rapper already sees his place in political history set in literal stone. West tweeted out an image around 3:30 a.m. on Friday appearing to show Mount Rushmore, the monument in South Dakota engraved with four former US presidents. If you look a bit closer, you'll see a fifth face on the cliff: Kanye West. 2020 pic.twitter.com/STFPIFuthm — ye (@kanyewest) July 17, 2020 West's presidential bid has been a source of speculation and scores of news headlines since the rapper announced in a July 4 tweet he was running for president in 2020. West immediately garnered the support of the eccentric Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and told Forbes in an interview he's "doing [the candidacy] to win." A story from New York Magazine this week seemed to indicate West wouldn't actually go through with his presidential bid. However, West's campaign has since filed its initial forms with the Federal Election Commission that show he has a campaign committee and met the qualifications to declare his candidacy. Even though he missed deadlines in several states to qualify to appear on voters' presidential ballots in November, West recently filed the necessary paperwork to appear on at least one state's ballot: Oklahoma. West's friendship with President Donald Trump, and his visits to the Trump White House, have been widely documented. West said in April he was likely to vote for Trump in 2020. However, West used his Forbes Q&A to distance himself from Trump, saying he was "taking the red hat off." When asked about West's candidacy, Trump said in an interview with RealClearPolitics he thought West should use 2020 as "a trial run" for 2024. Although West's platform isn't entirely clear, the rapper told Forbes he's running under the banner of the Birthday Party. He also said he's pro-life and thinks Planned Parenthood does "the Devil's work," and that he wants to model the White House after Wakanda, from Marvel's hit movie "Black Panther." In a national presidential poll dated July 9 conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, West polled at 2%.SEE ALSO: Dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts, including Obama, Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Kanye, were hacked in a colossal bitcoin scam: here's the full list Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown