Biden Scraps Military Flags During Oval Office Makeover
President Trump proudly displayed flags in his White House workspace
During his makeover of the Oval Office, Democrat Joe Biden has scrapped the military flags that President Donald Trump proudly displayed in his White House workspace.
As Biden took the oath of office Wednesday, his team wasted no time in overhauling the commander-in-chief’s official workplace.
Biden staffers have moved around a lot of things inside the Oval Office, from artwork to the carpeting.
After controversially removing the bust of heroic former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the Biden administration also ditched the military flags that had been on display during President Trump’s term in office.
The absent flags were first reported in the Washington Post Wednesday evening.
Trump kept them near his left side against the window for years.
New photos of Biden’s makeover show the military flags have been removed.
Most modern presidents, but not all, have displayed only two flags behind the Resolute Desk – the American flag and the presidential seal, according to the Atlantic.
Archival photos show former Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon had displayed military battle flags in the office.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a five-star general during World War II.
He acknowledged his background by planting just the Army flag across from the desk.
One other notable item that Biden ditched is a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson.
President Jackson was the first Democrat to hold the office but has been criticized recently for ties to slavery and the oppression of Native Americans.
In general, the Oval Office "has changed very little except in its furnishings" since 1934, according to the White House Museum.