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Trump calls Mount Rushmore face carving ‘a good idea’ but blasts calls claims he’s already made enquiries as ‘fake news’

DONALD Trump says it ‘sounds like a good idea’ to add him to Mount Rushmore amid claims an aide approached the governor of South Dakota to discuss the idea.

The White House official is said to have secretly made inquiries about adding an additional presidential head to the world-famous monument and tourist attraction.

However, last night the president branded the reports “fake news” while bigging up his own accomplishments.

“This is Fake News by the failing @nytimes & bad ratings @cnn,” he tweeted.

“Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me!”

The White House, when reportedly asked about the request, did not deny it had taken place, and instead replied it was a federal, not state, monument.

It had been reported the official discreetly approached the office of South Dakota governor Kristi Noem last year.

But details of the apparent move only emerged over the weekend in The New York Times.

Mrs Noem, 48, previously claimed the US president told her in 2017 that “it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore”.

The governor did present Trump with a four-foot replica of Rushmore – with his face added – after he made a visit to the state early last month.

Images of four presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – were carved in the 1941 sculpture, which took 14 years to create.

The attraction in the Black Hills, which features the whopping 60ft tall faces, attracts more than two million visitors a year.

Maureen McGee-Ballinger, public information officer at the site, revealed workers are constantly asked if any more presidents can be added. 

For years, people have suggested Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan and, more recently, Obama.

McGee-Ballinger said it was impossible adding  “there is no more carvable space up on the sculpture.”

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