How Trump Tanned The Line: The First Year of the Presidency
In 2018, the president was inaugurated, and the transition team quickly announced plans to paint a new, “Trump-Tan Line” to celebrate the occasion.
But the lines weren’t ready for prime time yet.
For months, Trump was seen in public wearing tan lines, and his office insisted he would never put them on the White House grounds.
The line was supposed to be put up on the West Wing lawn, but Trump never bothered to get the green light.
But on the day he took the oath of office, Trump gave a shout-out to the president of Taiwan, Taw-Taw Tsai, by putting a tan line on his arm.
Trump has often claimed that he is not a fan of Taiwan and called the island’s leader, Ma Ying-jeou, a “son of a whore” and a “traitor.”
He called for an end to diplomatic ties with Taiwan, and in February he called the communist country “a failed state.”
“They’re all a bunch of losers,” Trump said in a March 27 speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
“And you know what they’re going to do, they’re all going to fall into the lake of fire.
It’s all going down the drain.”
Trump later tweeted that he was tired of dealing with Taiwan and said he would end the diplomatic relationship with the island in the next 10 days.
“I can promise you that, I am not going to go to war with Taiwan,” Trump added.
Trump’s remarks drew criticism from the Trump administration and his allies on the right.
They accused him of pandering to the Taiwanese and his administration was forced to respond by painting a tan-line line on the Oval Office wall.
After months of controversy, the Trump-Tan line is finally coming into focus, with a new coat of paint that has been applied to the West Hall, the Rose Garden and the White Houses in the past three weeks.
The tan line will mark the beginning of the president’s first year in office, with an event to mark the inauguration to mark his first day in office scheduled for April 20.