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Kenneth P. Vogel @kenvogel
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NEW: The White House Communications Agency team that made the TRUMP-KIM JONG-UN coins also made coins with Mar-a-Lago on one side & @POTUS seal, WH & AF1 on the other. They scrapped plans for a Trump Tower/Bedminster coin when we started asking questions. nytimes.com/2018/06/24/us/…
The WH said TRUMP & his staff were not involved in the coins, which they say were paid for by individual White House Communications Agency staff. But watchdogs warn of rules barring gov't resources (emails, staff time, etc.) for promoting private business. nytimes.com/2018/06/24/us/…
Other fun trip coins produced by the White House Communications Agency team feature (1) the Pope and (2) Davos — with the tails sides of both featuring TRUMP & the @POTUS seal.
The @WhiteHouse says the trip coins are produced by & for the military & advance staffers who facilitate TRUMP’s trips. But they come amidst a Trumpification of challenge coins that has yielded bigger, golder & shinier coins than under his predecessors. nytimes.com/2018/06/24/us/…
TRUMP is fascinated by challenge coins, which his close associates attribute to his appreciation for military traditions, as well as his attraction to flashy gilded displays. He has personally reviewed several designs for his official challenge coin. nytimes.com/2018/06/24/us/…
TRUMP’s aides have commissioned multiple versions of his official challenge coin. But they were largely removed from circulation after getting bad press. Lotsa cool photos by @jaredsoares & @iamwhitten of Trump challenge coins in this story. nytimes.com/2018/06/24/us/…
In stark contrast to TRUMP's challenge coins, @Mike_Pence's official coin is a traditional muted bronze featuring the @VP’s seal on one side & his signature on the other. @MelaniaTrump’s coin, while gold-colored, is much less elaborate than her husband’s. nytimes.com/2018/06/24/us/…
The former @FBI & NYPD officers who were paid by TRUMP to provide 2016 campaign security also made a challenge coin featuring the campaign’s slogan on one side & the phrase “Have Gun, Will Travel” on the other. Read about their heavy handed tactics here: politico.com/story/2016/04/…
The @WhiteHouseGift Shop (a private co.) has ordered 100k of a version of the TRUMP-Kim summit coin, & commissioned two more coins for a series — #2 will feature Trump, Kim & S. Korean President Moon Jae-In, & #3 may feature the Nobel Peace Prize. nytimes.com/2018/06/24/us/…
STEPHEN COLBERT, having some fun with my story on TRUMP challenge coins, debuts some of his own, including one commemorating the now infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with @DonaldJTrumpJr, Kushner, Manafort & Kremlin-linked atty Natalia Veselnitskaya.
"This coin, commemorating TRUMP's reaction to white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, has very fine people on both sides" -- another mock TRUMP challenge coin from STEPHEN COLBERT, playing off our story on real Trump coins: nytimes.com/2018/06/24/us/…
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