What Do These Guys Have to Smile About? Their New Pics

Official portraits of Trump, Pence released after long delay
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2017 9:15 AM CDT
What Do These Guys Have to Smile About? Their New Pics
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Check out President Trump's Twitter pages—both the official @POTUS account and his personal handle—and his avatar is the picture of squinting seriousness. But both he and VP Mike Pence are showing off their pearly whites in their new official portraits, released Tuesday and now circulating online, the Hill reports. It notes that Trump's ear-to-ear grin varies from "his usual stone-faced expression"—aka his purposeful "tough-guy sourpuss," per the New York Times, meant to evoke Winston Churchill during the campaign so that he didn't appear weak, according to aides.

The portraits of both Trump and Pence are now ready to be shipped off for display in more than 7,000 federal buildings and agencies after a delay that had some people wondering, as incoming presidents usually take care of that administrative task almost immediately upon entering the White House. The Government Publishing Office, which preps the images for distribution, had mentioned back in July it was still waiting for Trump and Pence's people to send over their headshots. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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