As disgraced outgoing President Donald Trump and his staffers prepare to leave the White House, it appears that they are looting items that belong to the American people on their way out.
With the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden in just a few days, movers have finally arrived outside the executive mansion, marking a key part of the transition away from Trump into a much more stable government than we have experienced over the last four years.
But while it’s usual for outgoing presidents and their families to remove personal items such as furniture and gifts from the White House grounds, it appears Trump and his team are stealing items that don’t belong to them as if they are souvenirs for the taking.
During an appearance on CNN, Jim Acosta reported that Trump is still pouting about losing the election and being impeached for instigating the failed insurrection at the Capitol, leaving Vice President Mike Pence to deal with national security briefings.
“I will tell you, you talk to sources close to the White House, people inside the White House, they describe a situation where the president is basically isolated, behind closed doors,” Acosta said. “He’s whining about this impeachment, he’s whining about being held responsible for what happened on January 6th. He’s also sort of casting off advisers and aides who aren’t telling him what he wants to hear. And there is a split screen because Vice President Mike Pence is almost acting like a de facto president right now. He’s attending briefings like national security briefings on inauguration security preps and so on and it is a striking sort of way to look at the end of the Trump presidency.”
When CNN played video showing items being taken out of the West Wing of the White House, Acosta expressed concern that Trump and his team are stealing historic and valuable items that rightfully belong to the American people, such as a bust of Abraham Lincoln.
“And we are seeing what looks like moving day over at the White House,” Acosta explained. “You are seeing items coming and going from the West Wing. We saw Larry Kudlow leaving earlier today. Here’s a bust of Abraham Lincoln being carried out of the West Wing. People need to know that the items inside the White House are not giveaways, they’re not souvenirs you can take home. This is not an estate sale or Antiques Roadshow, but yet you’re seeing some White House staffers taking mementos with them as they go. And so it is a strange sort of surreal look at the end days of the Trump presidency, but that’s what we’re in the midst of right now.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
Indeed, each of these items should be tracked down and confiscated from those who removed them from the White House. They should then be arrested for theft. The White House and much of the contents belong to the American people. There are several paintings, busts, and other items inside the White House that are NOT souvenirs that staffers can just take home with them for keeps. It is disgraceful and outrageous behavior that needs to be stopped immediately.
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