Donald Trump hangs painting in White House of him having a Diet Coke with Abraham Lincoln

Donald Trump has added a new painting to the White House, featuring himself relaxing with a host of his Republican predecessors.

The Republican Club, by artist Andy Thomas, was in the background as Mr Trump conducted a recent interview with 60 Minutes.

A slim-looking Mr Trump is depicted at a table between Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. Directly across the table is Abraham Lincoln.

Other former Republican presidents in the painting are Teddy Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and both Bushes.

Lincoln appears to have just told a joke and several of the former presidents are depicted having a drink. Mr Trump appears to be having a diet coke.

The painting was given to Mr Trump by Darrell Issa, a Republican congressman from California.

While some critics on Twitter called the painting “tacky” the president was clearly a fan.

Mr Thomas, the artist, who is based in Missouri, said Mr Trump telephoned him a few weeks ago about the painting.

The artist, who usually paints cowboy scenes, told The Daily Beast: “He had actually given a me real gracious call to tell me how much he liked it. He was very complimentary.

“He made a comment that he’d seen a lot of paintings of himself and he rarely liked them.”

Mr Thomas told Time: “He basically said ‘Most portraits of me I really don’t like’. And he’s right. He’s hard to paint. There’s some bad ones out there.”

He said Mr Trump’s smile was the hardest part about him to get right.

The artist didn’t know until the 60 Minutes interview that Mr Trump had actually hung the painting.

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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