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making it official

Trump flashes big grin in new presidential portrait

The White House released official portraits of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday, presenting the world with two flag-laden photos of both men grinning broadly.

For Trump, the big smile is a change from his normal photo preferences, which reportedly identify sternness with toughness. "As a presidential candidate, he wanted to look dour, and vetoed any campaign imagery that so much as hinted at weakness," aides told The New York Times in a story earlier this year.

Trump's ideal photo is one in which he looks like Winston Churchill, the Times story said. If that was the goal in this portrait, it missed the mark: Churchill's portraits typically saw him scowling at the camera.