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The painting, spotted behind Trump and correspondent Leslie Stahl, shows the commander in chief surrounded by previous Republican presidents, including Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush and even Abraham Lincoln.

Three weeks before election day in the USA mid-term polls, Mr Trump told The Associated Press he senses voter enthusiasm rivalling that which propelled him to the White House in 2016, and expressed cautious optimism that his most loyal supporters will vote, even when he is not on the ballot.

Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone will be President Donald Trump's next White House counsel, according to a source briefed on the matter.

President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Washington.


"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". This is in line with Trump famously saying that he doesn't drink alcohol.

Mr Trump called his son a "good young guy" and said he did what any political aide would have done.

Others digitally altered images of other protagonists like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump supporter and rapper Kanye West or Russian President Vladimir Putin onto some of the other presidents' heads.

"[Trump] had actually given a me real gracious call to tell me how much he liked it", Thomas told the Daily Beast.


One background detail in the painting had social media debating - who is the woman seen walking toward the table?

Previously seen on jigsaw puzzle boxes around Washington DC, the nightmarishly hokey painting depicts the former reality television host among solidly Republican previous presidents.

"AP headline was very different from my quote and meaning in the story", Trump tweeted.

Thomas' painted his first pair of Presidential Club paintings - the Republican gang plays poker while the Democratic gang shoots pool -in 2008.


He added: "I have a natural instinct for science, and I will say that you have scientists on both sides of the picture".

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