White House releases Trump, Pence official portraits
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President Trump is seen smiling broadly in his official portrait that will hang in federal buildings across the country. 

The White House released the official photographs of Trump and Vice President Pence on Tuesday.

Trump’s grinning portrait is a departure from his usual stone-faced expression — his Twitter profile picture features a shot of himself with a stern look. 

“As a presidential candidate, he wanted to look dour, and vetoed any campaign imagery that so much as hinted at weakness, aides said,” The New York Times reported in May.

“ 'Like Churchill,’ is what Mr. Trump would tell staffers when asked what look he was going for,” the paper reported. 


Questions arose months ago over the absence of the portraits — getting them into more than 7,000 agencies and office buildings is typically among the first orders of business for a new commander in chief. 

The Government Publishing Office (GPO), which prints the images for the General Services Administration to distribute, said in July that the White House had yet to send an official snapshot.

“GPO is standing by to reproduce copies of the president and the vice president's photos for official use in federal facilities, and will do so as soon as the official photo files are provided to us,” GPO spokesman Gary Somerset told The Hill at the time.