President Trump has not one, but two sites in his proposed White House. One is the simple, tidy Oval Office — a bland spot for presidential photos, policy announcements and infographics.
The other is more specific: that of Robert E. Lee’s burial site at Arlington National Cemetery, which Mr. Trump has already offered to have a bust of the great Confederate general, slain by the Union soldiers in a fierce siege in 1865, placed on a wall in the residence.
Why? The apellate court, based on Arlington’s request for some marble and structural reinforcements, said that unless Mr. Trump had the intent of displaying a bust at his residence, his proposal does not fall under the language of the memorial ordinance, which suggests otherwise.
(Ahead of the court ruling, the Trump Organization told the Military Times that the president had received a bust of Lee as a gift years ago and that it is the president’s residence but not the White House.)
This suggests the possibility of a dilemma for the proposed bust: whether it would be displayed in the White House or Mr. Trump’s private home. That would essentially require a toss up between whether the president’s residence or private home displays a Confederate soldier.
Mr. Trump wants the bust and his thinking is clear. “He’s there, he’s at Arlington,” said Mr. Trump adviser Newt Gingrich, a historian. “And if he’s gone he can be on his bedroom wall.”
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