Artist 'astounded' to see his Trump painting hung in the White House

Two young mothers from Honduras and their children are detained by Border Patrol after rafting across the Rio Grande in Granjeno Texas in June. MUST CREDIT

Two young mothers from Honduras and their children are detained by Border Patrol after rafting across the Rio Grande in Granjeno Texas in June. MUST CREDIT

"I do that with everyone, even self-portraits - it's a feel-good painting and I make them as good looking as I can", he said on Monday afternoon.

President Donald Trump spoke with 60 Minutes in an interview that aired on Sunday night, where he discussed a number of topics, including Russia, Defense Secretary James Mattis, North Korea, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, among other topics.

Thomas knew Trump had received the painting as a gift - from a Republican congressman who was already a fan of the artist - because the president had recently called him to congratulate him.

Trump, wearing his ubiquitous red tie and white shirt, seems to be sharing a joke with the group while a glass of what appears to be his beverage of choice - Diet Coke - sits next to his arm.

According to the Daily Beast, Trump loves the illustration, which many on Twitter have likened to the political version of the famous painting of dogs playing poker.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that the White House was reconsidering a policy known as "zero tolerance" that caused almost 3,000 children to be taken from their caregivers and placed in federal custody after they were apprehended crossing the border earlier this year.

Standing behind them are George HW Bush, Gerald Ford and Teddy Roosevelt.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that separating migrant families at the border could deter illegal immigration and that he was considering several options to tighten border security.

In this newest gathering, Trump is in the middle of the picture. It's populist, and he's not going to be shy that he's the center of attention. He included a similar figure in his painting of Democratic presidents and told Time it represented a future female president, a confident figure who would not be intimidated approaching a table of powerful men.

A post on Thomas' website said the painting had a "subtle feminist message" because there is a woman in the background walking toward the table.

Now on 60 Minutes: There's less than a month until the mid-term elections.

The surreal scene was captured in a well-known and updated painting - "The Republican Club" by Andy Thomas - hanging on a White House wall.

He also found it hard to give the president a "genuine smile" - and had to start from scratch after his first try seemed off.

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