White House Asked South Dakota Governor About Adding Trump to Mount Rushmore

First Lady Melania Trump attend Independence Day events at Mount Rushmore

The call was made a year ago to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noems, an avid Trump supporter who has been rumored as a possible replacement for Vice President Mike Pence in a possible shakeup to bring life to Trump's lagging re-election campaign.

According to the NYT, Trump had some White House aides ring Kristi and co. up a year ago about the process of potentially adding a fifth presidential head on the side of Black Elk Peak.

Apparently, Donnie wasn't joking at all. and had his people follow up on it, which appears to have prompted the odd make-up gift.

When Noem travelled to the capital for a meeting with the President after being elected Governor in 2018, Trump reportedly highlighted his dreams. It's said to be virtually impossible, as there simply isn't enough room to do it without compromising the whole thing.

Noem said Trump appeared to have been "totally serious" about his ambitions.

"'Kristi, come on over here. Shake my hand, '" Noem said, according to the Argus Leader.


The legendary site in South Dakota has the faces of US Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt carved into the rock facade. "I shook his hand, and I said, 'Mr". However, she hasn't discouraged the president's dream.

"I'd ask whether or not you think I will someday be on Mount Rushmore, but, no - here's the problem". Noem said that she thought the president was joking at first, but that his facial expression suggested he was "totally serious". When they arrived, the President was presented with a four-foot sized replica of Mount Rushmore but with his face attached to it.

It's not possible to carve a fifth president's face into South Dakota's Mount Rushmore national memorial - there's no secure surface left, according to the National Park Service.

During his Fourth of July speech, Trump defended Mount Rushmore: "As we meet here tonight there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for", he warned. In fact, the sculpture's artist, Gutzon Borglum, meant to use that space for Jefferson's sculpture, but had to wedge the nation's third president between Presidents Washington and Teddy Roosevelt when he discovered the original rock wasn't usable.

Noem broke out in laughter, she told the paper - but quickly realized Trump wasn't joking.

Whoever wants to be eternalised in the granite, he or she will probably have to pick another mountain.

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