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But his odd taste in art probably wasn't supposed to be one of them. But this, of course, isn't real life.

President Trump's contentious "60 Minutes" interview has drawn its fair share of attention, especially for a odd painting that hangs in the White House.

Previously seen on jigsaw puzzle boxes around Washington DC, the nightmarishly hokey painting depicts the former reality television host among solidly Republican previous presidents.

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"The Republican Club" is part of Thomas's series of politically bipartisan paintings, which include "The Democratic Club" and "Callin' the Blue: Republican Presidents Playing Pool". Others have noted the similarly boring aesthetic style of Jon McNaughton's overzealous right-wing oil paintings.

Throughout much of the almost 40-minute interview, he sat, arms crossed, in the Oval Office behind the Resolute Desk, flanked by top aides including White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and communications director Bill Shine.

Donald Trump surrounds himself with sycophants and enablers, and it's not surprising that there are many photographs of the president and his staff with painted-on-smiles.

Rep. Issa and Andy Thomas are indeed friends, and the Congressman has some of Andy's fine work in his office.

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The artist behind the picture has said he was "astounded" and "ecstatic" to find out it was hanging in the White House. "I don't believe anybody's ever had this kind of an impact".

Mr Thomas knew Trump had received the painting as a gift because the president had recently called to congratulate him. We're looking at your painting. "Vice President Pence tells me they're very well known". The artist also paid special attention to the drinks of each president.

The whole group is chatting around a table and seems to be having a jolly good time while sharing drinks, apart perhaps for Calvin Coolidge, who hovers in the background a short distance away. Ronald Reagan, whose father was an alcoholic, sticks to something more fruity.

The AP asked Trump "if Republicans were to lose control of the House on November 6th - or a couple of days later depending on how long it takes to count the votes - do you believe you bear some responsibility for that?" He has included the same figure in his paintings of Democrat officeholders.

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