Trump Surprises White House Tour in Front of Hillary Clinton Portrait
Public tours resumed Tuesday after an unusual seven-week hiatus.
President Donald Trump was joined by a familiar face when he greeted a group of White House visitors Tuesday.
The first White House tour since his inauguration was treated to a surprise visit from Trump while touring the East Wing of his new home. The group of fifth-graders, from Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala., cheered and clapped when Trump emerged from behind a partition to surprise the kids.
Video shows an overly enthused Trump greeting the crowd and inviting one of the young boys, identified by the AP as 10-year-old Jack Cornish, to pose with him for a picture.
Photos capturing the moment at the opposite angle, however, show Trump raising his arms at the crowd while a giant looming photo of his former election opponent, former first lady Hillary Clinton, hangs on the wall behind him. The portrait, in the Cross Hall of the White House, was hung during former President George W. Bush's tenure in 2004.
First Lady Melania Trump announced the re-opening of the free, public tours in February after a seven-week hiatus. “I am excited to reopen the White House to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come each year," she said in a statement. "The White House is a remarkable and historic site and we are excited to share its beauty and history. I am committed to the restoration and preservation of our Nation’s most recognizable landmark.”
The Clintons welcomed their first tour the day after they moved in in January 1993, and they did so along with a portrait of former President George Washington.