GOP lawmaker introduces bill requiring pictures of Trump, Pence at post offices

GOP lawmaker introduces bill requiring pictures of Trump, Pence at post offices
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Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require U.S Postal Service offices to hang pictures of President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE and Vice President Pence, The Washington Examiner reported.

Donovan said last month that he decided to draft the proposal after a Staten Island resident said photos of former President Obama and Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenGiuliani doubles down on Biden comments: 'I meant that he’s dumb' Meghan McCain shreds Giuliani for calling Biden a 'mentally deficient idiot' Dems say Obama return from sidelines is overdue MORE were hung up for years but pictures of Trump and Pence never went up.

There is a rule that prevents the U.S. Postal Service from displaying pictures of the administration. Donovan’s office confirmed to the Examiner that the rule existed during Obama’s presidency but was rarely enforced.

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"First of all, the USPS rule is ridiculous," Donovan said in April, according to the Examiner. "When people go to the post office or any federal building, they expect to see pictures of their government leaders displayed."

"Second of all, it's disturbing to hear anecdotal evidence that this rule was ignored for a very long time, and is only being enforced now because of who occupies the Oval Office," he added.

His bill would mandate that the official photographs released by the White House be displayed in every post office, The Examiner reported.

Donovan is gearing up for a primary challenge against former Rep. Michael Grimm (R), who finished an eight-month prison sentence in 2016 for pleading guilty to tax fraud and famously once threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony.

Trump won the district by 10 points in 2016 after Obama narrowly took it in 2012.

Republicans are expecting a tough challenge from Democrats hoping to flip the seat back.

The New York primary will be held on June 26.