- President Trump addressed Washington's conservative youth group Turning Point USA Tuesday in Washington DC.
- The presidential seal, displayed on a huge screen behind President Trump as he addressed the conference, had been mysteriously manipulated to show what a Russian Imperial eagle with golf clubs looked like.
- Turning Point USA spokesman told the Washington Post they did not know how the icon behind the president was shown, accusing it of last-minute audiovisual error.
Following a 12-minute video praising his virtues as a leader, President Trump took to the stage at the Mariott Marquis Hotel on Tuesday in Washington DC to attend to thousands of cheering young supporters Point USA conference.
But when Trump enjoyed the delightful reception, nobody seemed to notice that the seal of the President shown on screen behind him was something completely different.
Instead of the bald eagle in the official seal of the President of the United States, a double-headed eagle with a striking similarity to that on the official coat of arms of the Russian Federation was shown on the picture.
The change was intended to ridicule Trump's controversial relationship with Russia, which, according to US intelligence agencies, intervened in the US election to secure Trump's election.
And instead of putting arrows in the left claw, the eagle holds golf clubs – probably a not so subtle clue to the president's favorite hobby.
Here is a picture of the official US presidential seal.
Here is the Russian eagle, which has two heads and is descended from the coat of arms of the Russian tsars.
Sefa Karacan / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
And here is the mysteriously changed presidential seal that Trump spoke before Tuesday. Clearly visible are the two-headed eagle and the golf clubs in the lower right area of the false seal.
The Washington Post first noticed the discrepancies. The White House said the release said the officials had not seen the picture before Trump appeared on stage.
The Washington Post pursued images online that sold a similar false seal, in which the Latin motto of the USA meant "E pluribus unum". Many have replaced one with the Spanish word "45 es un titere". This translates roughly into English as: "45 is a puppet." 45 refers to Trump's status as 45th President.
Turning Point USA spokesman told the Washington Post that he did not know where the picture came from or how it landed on a screen behind the president.
"It was a last-minute A / V bug. And I can not figure out where the breakdown was, but it was a last minute throw and that was it." The spokesman told the post.
"I still can not figure out who did it," the spokesman said.
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