WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White Home officers on Thursday have been baffled as to why a doctored presidential seal – together with an eagle clutching golf golf equipment in its talons as an alternative of arrows – was projected on stage at an occasion at which U.S. President Donald Trump spoke.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump takes the stage subsequent to an altered presidential seal previous to a speech at Turning Level USA’s Teen Scholar Motion Summit in Washington, U.S., July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
The seal was displayed on Tuesday at Turning Level USA’s scholar summit, the place Trump gave a raucous 80-minute speech and was greeted warmly by the youthful viewers.
The picture included a two-headed eagle, as an alternative of only one head, which the Washington Publish stated carefully resembles the chook on the Russian coat of arms and likewise seems on the flags of Serbia, Albania and Montenegro.
The eagle has a set of golf golf equipment in its talons as an alternative of the standard seal’s clutch of arrows.
There have been suspicions on the White Home that the organizers had discovered the doctored picture on-line and mistakenly used it.
“We by no means noticed the seal in query earlier than it appeared within the video,” stated a White Home official. “The White Home had no data of it.”
Officers referred inquiries to Turning Level USA, which couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
The political non-profit group was based to arrange conservative college students on faculty campuses by Charlie Kirk, an outspoken supporter of Trump. It maintains a controversial Professor Watchlist of school professors it deems too liberal.
As a political non-profit, the group might increase and spend limitless sums of cash and interact in instructional efforts round politics, however it’s prohibited from utilizing its sources to marketing campaign for a candidate for elected workplace.
(This story corrects day of Turning Level USA rally).
Reporting by Steve Holland and Ginger Gibson; Enhancing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Invoice Berkrot