It’s hard to imagine a better place to work than the Oval Office, but the iconic symbol of our democracy is also a source of controversy for some, particularly those who believe it is a symbol of racial prejudice.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump unveiled the “leopard” design at the White House.
The image was a combination of the three most recent iterations of the White Helmets, the Syrian rescue group that has received more than $10 million in US aid to fight the war against President Bashar Assad.
The original White Helmet image was taken in September 2013.
It showed a white man dressed in fatigues and holding a black-and-white photograph of the first American to be killed in a terrorist attack.
The White Helmats have also been a symbol for human rights violations in Syria and Egypt, including the death of a 17-year-old boy and the detention of hundreds of activists, journalists, and others.
Trump’s design, as seen in a White House pool report.
(The Hill)But some have questioned whether it’s appropriate to depict a leopard, given that the White Horse emblem is the symbol of the Confederate flag and its supporters are responsible for several deadly attacks on civilians in recent months.
Leopard skin, which can be dyed, is not only controversial, but also controversial in the military, where the coat is worn as a symbol to honor those who serve.
“The only thing worse than a leopards paw is a leper’s,” said retired Army Colonel Steve Mays, who has served in the service for more than 35 years.
Mays is also an advocate for military veterans who wear leopard-skin gear.
“I’ve seen it happen to me,” he said.
“A veteran of combat zones and war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan wears a leotard with the white stripe down the back, with the black stripes across the shoulders, and a black band across the chest.
The leopard’s paw is not the same as the American flag, and I think it’s disrespectful to the people who have given their lives in service.”
Mays said he believes the president has a right to the leopard skin.
“This is not a symbol that the president or the military are using to make a statement, and it’s not the kind of thing that we want to be associated with,” he added.
“But the president is trying to bring people together.”
Leopard-Skin Symbol at the Pentagon in 2013.
(US Department of Defense via AP)President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media in the Oval the White house on February 13, 2017.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)Trump’s White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, told reporters on Wednesday that the administration will continue to display leopard skins in their public events, including his January address.
“We have a lot of leopard imagery in our Oval Office,” Sanders said.
“[The leopard] has been in the White Houses in the past.
It’s a symbol we’ve used in our administrations for quite a while.”
Leopards have been seen as a mascot for a variety of military groups.
In recent years, they have been featured prominently in a variety for the National Guard in various states.
In 2016, the Marine Corps released a video of a leo in its ceremonial uniform, as a tribute to fallen Marines.
“If you look at the Marine’s uniform, it’s very, very different than the uniform of the National Guardsmen,” Sanders added.
“They’re all in the uniform.
We’re also a part of the military.”
The Marine Corps has previously released a photo of a Leopard skin rug.
(Marine Corps)Trump is a fan of the leopard, but he has not yet adopted the new symbol, said James Sasser, an adjunct professor of political science at George Washington University.
“For the most part, we’ve seen that leopeds are a pretty iconic symbol,” Sasser said.
Trump has also not adopted the traditional coat of arms for the United States, which is known as the coat of Arms.
It is a design similar to the shield worn by sailors.
But while the coat’s design has been used in various forms for centuries, the flag was created to represent the United State of America.
The White House has not responded to multiple requests for comment on the president’s decision to not adopt the flag.