Don McGahn departs as White House counsel

Lula Sharp
October 21, 2018

Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone will be President Donald Trump's next White House counsel, according to a source briefed on the matter. And more importantly, it's art Trump has chosen to adorn a wall in the White House with.

"That will be the first Republican female president and the first Democratic female president", Thomas explained to Time. "He made a comment that he'd seen a lot of paintings of himself and he rarely liked them".

President Donald Trump spoke with 60 Minutes in an interview that aired on Sunday night, where he discussed a number of topics, including Russia, Defense Secretary James Mattis, North Korea, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, among other topics.

"I actually had gotten a call a couple of weeks ago from President Trump and that was a real highlight", Missouri artist Andy Thomas told CNN's Brooke Baldwin Monday on "Newsroom".

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Several users replaced the picture-Trump with a clown version, his face with the botched restoration of the infamous Jesus Christ painting, and one with Trump's face emphasized to look extra orange. He said that California Republican congressman Darrell Issa, whose portrait he had once painted, contacted Thomas's wife to say that he was going to show the artist's painting to President Trump.

Previously talking to Time magazine, Thomas pointed out that he had also added a nod to feminism, as he put it, in his painting - the blurred image of a woman approaching the table out of the crowd. The other, known as The Democratic Club, features eight Democratic presidents gathered around a table.

"The Republican Club" is part of Thomas's series of politically bipartisan paintings, which include "The Democratic Club" and "Callin' the Blue: Republican Presidents Playing Pool".

Trump tweeted in August that McGahn, who came on as White House counsel in January 2017, would leave the administration, saying he "truly [appreciated] his service". "But in this case McGahn was exhausted of the president and the president was exhausted of McGahn", the source said. This is, after all, the man who reportedly hung a framed print of the 2016 Electoral College map in the West Wing.

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