How Trump Ended Up Onstage With a Fake Presidential Seal

In an apparent mix-up, the image featuring Russian elements and golf clubs was taken from an online store that sells products critical of the president. “It kind of made my day,” the creator said.


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Altered Presidential Seal Appears at Trump Speech
President Trump spoke at a conference hosted by the conservative youth organization Turning Point USA on Tuesday. The seal he stood in front of included a double-headed eagle, similar to that featured on Russia’s national emblem, and a set of golf clubs in a talon. CreditDoug  Mills/The New York Times

A mystery was afoot in conservative Washington circles this week after an apparent mix-up made for an unexpected jab at President Trump. Let us set the scene.

The venue: a Washington hotel where Turning Point USA, the conservative youth organization, was hosting a conference for high school students, where Mr. Trump spoke on Tuesday.

The décor: a presidential seal on the onstage screen, a fitting background for a speech by the president of the United States.

The problem: The presidential seal was not, in fact, the presidential seal at all, as The Washington Post reported. Instead of the customary bald eagle, the altered image showed a double-headed eagle, similar to that featured in Russia’s national emblem. Instead of arrows, the eagle clutched a set of golf clubs in a talon. It appeared as the president emerged onstage.

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