Noem noted before Trump’s “dream” of having his face on Mount Rushmore, the 60-foot-tall Coolidge-era sculpture of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
“He said, ‘Kristi, come here. Shake my hand, and I shake his, and I said,’ President, one day you should go to South Dakota. We have Mount Rushmore. ‘ And he said, “Do you know my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?”
Trump also toyed with the idea of bringing himself up Mount Rushmore in 2017 at a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio.
“As we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing that our ancestors fought hard,” Trump warned.
A White House official noted to the New York Times that Mount Rushmore is a federal, not state relic.