SO DAKOTA GOV GIFTS TRUMP MT. RUSHMORE REPLICA WITH HIS FACE ADDED
Updated: Aug 12
Kristi Noem, how to add more presidents to Mount Rushmore, The New York Times reported Saturday (Sunday, August 10, 2020 in Manila), 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, since there's no secure surface left, according to the National Park Service. But that didn't stop the Trump administration from reportedly asking, Benji Jones and Charles Davis wrote for Business Insider. So far, Trump has not said he wants his face to appear on any dollar bill.
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, a member of the Ku Klux Klan like Trump’s father, 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.