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Recent White House guests were baffled by rather large and unappetizing photos of the President posted along the hallway leading to the “White House mess” that seem to emphasize the President’s famously little hands.
“If you’re a VIP and you’re visiting the White House, sometimes you’re taken by aides to the White House mess,” explains one of those VIPs. “It’s not the formal dining room or the family dining room. It’s where you might go if you’re lunching with a cabinet member or general.”
We’re told that en route to that room, guests first pass through a hall of stately portraits of past Presidents. But in the final stretch leading to the mess, there’s a series of portraits that seem to focus on President Trump’s hands, including one that our spy says is “by no means a tiny photo,” spotlighting The Donald’s wee mitts, about which he’s very sensitive. In that photo, Trump’s left-hand fingertips are pressed against his right-hand fingertips, both resting atop a shiny executive desk, which reflects that image.
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“Maybe they wanted to make his point by blowing up the photo, but it does the complete opposite,” we’re told. “It’s wildly unappetizing.”
Another photo in this particular gallery shows the President pointing at someone, while another shows his minidigits wrapped around a telephone receiver.
“One guest joked, ‘I wonder if they’re big enough to hold a knife and fork,’ ” snickered our source.
Trump’s seemingly little hands first became a talking point in 1988 when Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter wrote in Spy magazine that Trump was “a short-fingered vulgarian.”
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The issue was brought up again in last year’s presidential debate when GOP hopeful Marco Rubio, whom Trump labeled “Little Marco,” said, “He’s like 6’2”, which is why I don’t understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5’2”.” Trump defensively showed debate viewers his hands and also assured them that other parts of his anatomy were of acceptable size as well.
Carter later claimed that as late as last year, Trump would send him photos in which the then-candidate “circled his hand in gold Sharpie” hoping to prove they were not small.
With Brian Niemietz