Donald Trump has bizarre ‘fantasy’ painting of himself surrounded by past presidents hanging in the White House… and social media’s going crazy

The bizarre addition to the White House’s art collection was spotted in the background of his CBS' 60 Minutes interview on Sunday.

Shots of the painting were then widely shared on social media.

The painting depicts Trump sitting front and centre at a table surrounded by past Republican presidents.

Star Trek actor George Takei called the painting "horrific".

He tweeted: “Trump had this horrific piece commissioned. It’s a fantasy painting of GOP presidents hanging out with him. I feel it’s in need of a caption. Internet, do your thing.”

One Twitter user replied: “Now this is a painting that should have had a built-in shredder.”

They were referencing the Banksy artwork that shredded itself after it sold at auction.

Other Twitter users shared their opinion too.

Another user jibed: “The painting Trump has hanging in the White House is exactly the kind of painting Alan Partridge would have if he was president.”

One user added: “I’m not first to note similarity betw incredibly tacky painting of GOP presidents on Trump’s wall and

“Dogs Playing Poker.” It’s probly worth noting that “great general,” President U.S. Grant, doesn’t have a seat at the table.”

Many were quick to point out the painting’s similarity to recognisable Dogs Playing Poker by American painter Cassius Marcellus Coolidge.

In the painting Trump is sitting in between Dwight Eisenhower, who is in a yellow shirt, and Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, who is standing and wearing a waistcoat.

Top the left of Roosevelt is Richard Nixon holding the stem of his wine glass.

Abraham Lincoln can be made out from his beard and his long face despite the 16th president being the only one with his back facing the viewer.

The left of Lincoln is George W Bush and his father George HW Bush can be seen standing with a large grin behind Ronald Reagan.

Behind Roosevelt is the 30th president Calvin Coolidge.

Who are the presidents in the painting?

  • Abraham Lincoln is one of the most well-known presidents in US history. In 1863 he issued the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 which freed the slaves and he was assassinated two years later in 1865.
  • Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt became the US president in 1901 after President William McKinley was assassinated. He was re-elected in 1904 the same year he oversaw the construction of the Panama Canal.
  • Calvin Coolidge became the 30th president after the dead of Warren G. Harding . He is known as "Silent Cal" because he did not seek a second term.
  • Dwight Eisenhower was the Allied commander in Europe during the Second World War. He was elected as the US’ 34th president in 1953.
  • Richard Nixon was Eisenhower’s vice president and was elected to the presidency in 1968. He is the only president to ever resign from office, after the Watergate scandal.
  • Gerald Ford was Nixon’s successor and he is the only US president to never win a national election of any kind.
  • Ronald Reagan was elected as the 40th president in 1980. He is regarded as a key figure in the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • George HW Bush was Reagan’s vice president for two terms before he was elected in 1988. He declared an end to the Cold War in 1989 with Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • George W Bush became the 43rd president in 2001. He started the controversial “war on terror” after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.
  • Donald Trump is a former realty television star who was elected to become the 45th president in 2016.

The last president depicted in the painting is Gerald Ford, who has is arms crossed and is directly behind the current US president.

It was gift to Trump from Republican Congressman Darrell Issa.

The painting is by Andy Thomas and it entitled “The Republican Club”.

Thomas told TIME he as “ecstatic” when he found out his painting was hanging in the White House.

He said: “I was ecstatic. A lot of times gifts aren’t really hung up, they’re just pushed in a closet somewhere. To find out it’s actually hanging is really a treat.”

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