In one part of the Oval Office, President Donald Trump perches on a standing desk, with a sheet of paper on his knee. Standing behind him, President Barack Obama scribbles down a note in blue felt-tip.
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And in another part of the Oval Office, Vice President Mike Pence holds a cell phone that goes to the phones of everyone at the Department of Justice.
The two presidents, and a growing cast of aides, are featured in numerous images in the presidential portrait book, “The Art of the Deal: Great Deals from Great Presidents,” which the Trump Organization announced Tuesday will be published on Oct. 30.
It is the first book to include the president’s own paintings and other artwork, according to the publisher, Simon & Schuster. The book also features close-ups of souvenirs given to the Trump family, including the pièce de résistance – a blow-up magazine cover from 1987 that proclaims Trump the King of the World.
There are family portraits of the four children – sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and daughter Ivanka. One, by photographer David Hume Kennerly, depicts Ivanka – who is now an adviser to her father – wearing a carnation in her hair, having a chat on a park bench with her father in a Washington park.
Trump’s entire crew of advisers also appears in the book, which includes the president’s wife, Melania, whom he married in 2005; Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner; son Barron; and daughter Tiffany. (John Kelly, Trump’s secretary of homeland security, did not appear on the cover, for reasons that remain unclear.)
The book includes close-ups of souvenirs given to the Trump family, including the pièce de résistance – a blow-up magazine cover from 1987 that proclaims Trump the King of the World.
Some who were briefed on the project said they were intrigued by the parallels between the book and Trump’s own personal life: the book’s wide-ranging portraits include an image of Melania and a sculpture of a Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping, in a photo op at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
A copy of the book’s executive summary is being circulated to White House staff, as are dozens of images in it. But some staff members were surprised that Trump was releasing it now – 11 months into his first term, two months before midterm elections.
Trump has spent the past week on a campaign-style appearance-packing round trip through Ohio and Pennsylvania.
According to an advance copy of the book obtained by The Washington Post, Trump writes about how he became president, from his march to the White House with his new group of advisers to his repeated victories on issues like health care and tax reform.
“On Nov. 7, 2016, Donald Trump, a little-known businessman from New York, entered the greatest political story of our lifetimes,” Trump writes. “For months, the media had mocked and dismissed his candidacy, but their blundering couldn’t hide the size of his real appeal. These voters weren’t fooled by political lies, greed, or slick commercials. They were puzzled and terrified that many of the same people who had mismanaged this country for the last eight years had failed to secure our borders or protect our safety.”
The book does not include a chapter dedicated to those journalists Trump has questioned. It does include plenty of shots of his daily meetings with his staff in the Oval Office.