- Last year, a White House aide asked South Dakota governor Kristi Noem’s office how to add more presidents to Mount Rushmore, The New York Times reported on Saturday, citing a hidden source. familiar with the conversation.
- Governor Noem showed President Trump’s interest in the memorial in July, greeting him with a 4-foot high replica of Mount Rushmore with his face added to it.
- Noem recalls her first meeting with Trump in the oval: “I said, ‘Mr President, you should go to South Dakota one day. We have Mount Rushmore.̵7; And he said, “Do you know my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?”
- No other president could be added to the memorial, as reported by Leader Argus of the South Dakota newspaper.
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The fifth president’s face cannot be carved into South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore national monument – there are no more safe surfaces, according to the National Park Service.
But that did not stop the Trump administration from asking.
Last year, a White House aide contacted the South Dakota governor’s office Kristi Noem, Republican, to inquire about the process of adding faces, according to The New York Times. The Times quoted a Republican official familiar with the conversation.
Trump’s interest in Mount Rushmore and his desire to be etched among the current four presidents, it’s no surprise for Noem, who says he brought this up in their first meeting in the room. Oval.
“He said, ‘Kristi, come here. Shake my hand,'” Noem told Leader Argus of South Dakota. “I shook his hand, and I said, ‘President, you should go to South Dakota one day. We have Mount Rushmore.’ And he said, ‘Do you know my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?’ “I started laughing,” she said, “He’s not smiling, so he’s completely serious.”
Noem, a close ally of President Trump, has fulfilled that dream, at least with the power she has.
When Trump visited the monument in early July for her Independence Day speech, she greeted him with a 4-foot high 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 to become Trump’s runner-up in the 2020 election, though The Times cites a source as saying Noem had pointed out to Pence that she wasn’t trying to replace him.
To be clear, adding another face to Mount Rushmore was impossible. While there appears to be a point to the right of George Washington – actually where the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, intended to place Thomas Jefferson – the rock surface was unstable.
Noem is said to have joked with Trump that there is another option, Leader Argus reports.
“Come pick a mountain,” she told him.