Since being given to Donald Trump, a $1,100 replica of Mount Rushmore with Donald Trump’s face was spotted for the first-time.

Former President Trump had been gifted the four-foot replica sculpture, which had been adapted to include his own likeness, by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem back in 2020.

The gift had been presented to Trump following his speech at the site on July 3, 2020, as part of the state’s Fourth of July celebrations.

And now, the sculpture has been photographed in-person for the first time, spotted sitting beneath a wooden table at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home.

The $1,100 replica statue of Mount Rushmore featuring Donald Trump's face has been spotted in person for the first time since being gifted to the former President in 2020

Since being donated to Donald Trump in 2020, the replica Mount Rushmore statue costing $1,100 has now been seen in person.

The four-foot replica, which has been adapted to include Trump's face, was seen sitting on a side table at Trump's Mar-a-Lago home as he posed for a photo while receiving an honorary black belt

A four-foot-long replica of Trump was seen sitting on the side table at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago house as Trump took a picture and received an honorary belt.

The former president was meeting with Lee Dong-seop, the president of Kukkiwon, also known as World Taekwondo Headquarters, when the sculpture was spotted.

Trump stood holding the Honorary 9th Dan Certificate he had been awarded as he smiled alongside Lee Dong-seop.

Trump is right. The Mount Rushmore sculpture can be seen underneath a wooden sidetable. 

While reimaginations have previously been made of the sculpture’s appearance, it is now believed that this artwork will be seen for the first-time in flesh. 

The Mini Mount Rushmore has the usual heads of George Washington Thomas Jefferson Theodore Roosevelt Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Trump is visible off to his side. 

Trump has the same features as other presidents: a tie, shirt collar, and jacket lapels. 

It was mounted on an underside shelf of a wooden sidetable, on which were a MAGA cap as well as a selection of books.

The walls were covered with photos of Trump during his time as president, which included a historic meeting between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

Four days after Trump’s announcement of his 2020 speech, the New York Times reported the existence of this gift. However, until now, no photo has been taken of the sculpture that shows Trump’s face inscribed to Abraham Lincoln. 

It is believed that Trump was gifted the privately funded sculpture by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on July 3, 2020, after he gave a speech at the monument

 It is believed that Trump was gifted the privately funded sculpture by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on July 3, 2020, after he gave a speech at the monument

Trump said in a tweet about a month after his speech that it ‘sounds like a good idea’ to put him on Mount Rushmore, after the Times claimed that a White House aide reached out to Noem to discuss the plan.

Although he has been promoting the idea for a while, he denied ever asking to be included in the monument. He said that it was an excellent idea considering his achievements. 

Trump’s July address at Mount Rushmore in 2017 inspired him to tweet that it was a good idea to add his name to the Black Hills landmark. 

‘This is Fake News by the failing @nytimes & bad ratings @cnn,’ he tweeted, in response to the article.

“Never recommended it, but based upon the numerous accomplishments made during the first three and a half years of this Presidency (perhaps more than any other Presidency), sounds like a good idea.

Pictured: Trump and Noem are seen together on September 7, 2018, two years before he was presented with the sculpture

 Pictured: Trump and Noem are seen together on September 7, 2018, two years before he was presented with the sculpture

The request by the White House aide was made last year, a Republican official told The New York Times.

Asking about the request, the White House did not dispute that it occurred but replied that it was an federal and not state monument.  

Trump first raised the prospect of having his face carved on the historic site soon after he took office, in January 2017. 

Leuning, Treeby, Trump’s voters, made only three copies. One was given to Trump while the others were donated to unidentified donors. 

Ian Fury (Noem’s communications manager), previously stated that the sculpture cost $1,100 and was not funded by taxpayer money. Instead, it was paid for with donations.    

Mount Rushmore: The Meaning 

Mount Rushmore, which was begun in 1927 and not completed, was never finished. In 1941, Gutzon Borglum died and work was stopped. 

The monument features the faces of four former US presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Borglum selected them before other presidents, because in his opinion they represent the greatest events in America’s history.

George Washington, the very first US President, was selected because of his role during the American Revolutionary War to win independence. 

He was considered the father of America’s new nation and laid the foundation for American democracy. Borglum chose to make him the most prominent among the other faces in the monument.

Due to his contribution as one of two primary authors of Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was chosen as the third US president.

Additionally, he purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 which doubled the size of America at the time.

The monument also includes Theodore Roosevelt, who was chosen because of his contribution to the United States’ development during the 20th Century.

His leadership was vital during the negotiations to construct the Panama Canal. 

Abraham Lincoln was selected lastly because of his efforts in abolishing slavery and keeping America united during the Civil War. 

Mount Rushmore's massive measurements are: 27 inches wide, 12 inches high, and 8-1/2 inches deep. It features the following four presidents (left to right): George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln

Mount Rushmore is massively large at 27 inches wide by 12 inches high and 8-1/2 in depth. The four Presidents that it features (left to right: George Washington and Thomas Jefferson; Theodore Roosevelt; Abraham Lincoln).

Last year, Maureen McGee Ballinger, Mount Rushmore’s public information officer, said to The Argus Leader that employees are constantly asked if any new president could be elected. 

People have been suggesting Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan for years. An online campaign has been created to support Obama.

McGee Ballinger stated that it was impossible. 

“There’s no more carving space on top of the sculpture,” she stated. 

“When looking at the sculpture it seems that there may be some room on the left side next to Washington, or just next to Lincoln. 

“You can either look at the rock beyond the sculpture (on right), an optical illusion or the one on the left that isn’t carvable. 

Mount Rushmore critics have also raised concerns about the sculpture that would be made of four presidential presidents due to biographical information. 

The argument is that Washington and Jefferson should be off the mountain, as Lincoln and Roosevelt were slaveholders. Lincoln’s execution of 39 Indians following the Dakota War (1892) was controversial among Native Americans. Roosevelt also made remarks regarding ‘inferior races’ during his presidency. 

Borglum was the sculptor and had links to the Ku Klux Klan. Before moving to South Dakota, he worked at Stone Mountain in Georgia which was a huge tribute to Confederate leaders Stonewall Jackson (Robert E. Lee) and Jefferson Davis.