Reporters On Capitol Hill Solve The Mysterious Case Of Trump Portraits

What's with the Trump paintings that were carted around the Hill? Reporters set on a trail to find out.

Portraits of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were spotted being carried at Capitol Hill rather mysteriously. Reporters on the Hill noticed the unusual activity and decided to solve the mystery on their own.

Wall Street Journal reporter Richard Rubin was the first to spot the paintings.


He later followed up by saying that the “portrait wasn’t commissioned.”


The president’s portrait was accompanied by Melania Trump’s painting.


The mystery thickened after rumors surfaced the paintings were headed to Vice President Mike Pence's office. However, the vice president’s office stated that "no new artwork was delivered to either the vice president’s House or Senate offices."


After a few hours of intense hunting, the paintings were spotted in Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly's office.


In fact, it turned out there weren't just two paintings. There were quite a few…


Kelly’s office confirmed the artist, Barry L. Wingard, is a constituent of his and added that three other paintings would also be presented once they were in their “hand-crafted frames.”

“This is a person taking their talent and their time to show their appreciation,” said Kelly.

Wingard told BuzzFeed that he began work on the paintings "probably three or four months ago outside of Rimersburg, Pennsylvania, where he lives. He further added that he drove about five hours to get the paintings to the Capitol.

The artist also said he painted the portraits because he thinks the president “deserves respect.”

“The lack of respect for the president has gone on a little too far," he said.

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