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Breaking With Tradition, Trump Reportedly Won’t Unveil Obama Portrait

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Trump won't unveil Obama portrait

President Donald Trump, breaking with decades of White House tradition, reportedly will not host a ceremony unveiling the official portrait of his immediate predecessor amid burgeoning tensions with former President Barack Obama.

All U.S. presidents since Gerald Ford ― save for Jimmy Carter, who requested not to have a ceremony ― have returned to the White House at some point during their successor’s first term for an unveiling of their official portrait, NBC News reported. First ladies have traditionally also attended the ceremony and their portraits are unveiled as well.

But Trump has no plans to invite Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for such an unveiling, NBC and CNN reported this week. Further, the former president “has no interest in participating in the post-presidency rite of passage so long as Trump is in office,” NBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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