President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tested negative for second coronavirus Some GOP lawmakers expressed concern about Trump’s executive orders Beirut’s consequences set tests on US aid against disappointing allies MORE Sunday evening denied reports that the White House had contacted the Governor of South Dakota. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn Noem Thousands of cyclists flock to South Dakota to take part in motorcycle rally Governor approval rating drops as Noem’s COVID-19 mounts cases: South Dakota students’ will surely have in classrooms this fall MORE (R) about adding his face to Mount Rushmore.
The New York Times reported earlier on Sunday that a White House aide contacted Noem’s office in 2019 to inquire about the new presidential addition process for Mount Rushmore. The report has been compiled by other news agencies, including CNN.
Trump, rewriting CNN’s headline, called the reports “fake news”, though he added that it “sounds like a good idea to me!”
“This is fake news by failure @ New York Times & bad ratings @CNN. Never suggest it though, based on all that accomplished in the first 3 and a half years, perhaps more than any other presidency, sounds like a good idea to me! “
This is Fake News by @nytimes failed and bad rating @CNN. I have never suggested that although based on all that was achieved in the first 3 and a half years, perhaps more than any other presidency, sounds like a good idea! https://t.co/EHrA9yUsAw
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
Noem, then a female congressman, said in 2018 that Trump told her he wanted his image on the monument and made it clear to her that he was “completely serious”. , according to Leader Argus.
“He said,” Kristi, come here. Shake my hand, “Noem said at the time.” I shook his hand, and I said, ‘President, you should go to South Dakota one day. We have Mount Rushmore. “And he said, ‘Did you know my dream is to have my face on Mount Rushmore?’ “
The same year, at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Trump said, “I want to ask if you think I’ll be on Mount Rushmore one day, but here’s the problem: If I was joking, complete full jokes, jokes, fake news media would say “he believes he should be on Mount Rushmore,” so I wouldn’t say that, okay? I wouldn’t say that. “
Noem, recalling the conversation, gave Trump a 4-foot replica of the monument with his face when he arrived in the state during a July 4 event last month, the Times reported.
Weeks later, Noem met with Vice President Pence at the White House to tell the vice president she would do whatever she could to help win a Trump-Pence ticket in November, with implying unspoken that she was not trying to replace him in the ticket. , according to Times.
Noem has been considered a rising star among Republicans, especially since the July 4th event. A White House official told the Times about Pence’s replacement was not discussed and added that Mount Rushmore is a federal relic and therefore is not under Noem’s jurisdiction.
An official close to Pence said his team had also considered that Noem could be helpful in helping Pence prepare for his debate with anyone who is a former Vice President. Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump’s executive order is ‘a reckless war on Social Security’ Trump exchanged challenges with top GOP sponsor Adelson: Blumenthal report calls for decryption of documents stating details details Russia’s threat to the US election MORE is his life partner, according to Times.
Hill has reached out to Noem’s office for comment.