Would Trump’s face on Mount Rushmore increase tourism?

Trump likes the idea of his face to be carved onto Mount Rushmore.

 

According to the New York Times, a White House official contacted the office of South Dakota governor Kristi Noem to find out what the “official process” is for adding a new face to Mount Rushmore.

 

Completed in 1941 under the direction of Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln, the sculpture’s roughly 60-feet high granite faces depict US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

 

The national memorial is visited by approximately three million tourists from all over the world each year.

 

Now the current US president is reportedly looking to add his face to the sculpture.

 

Kristi Noem described her first meeting with Donald Trump in the Oval Office where she first learned that the President wanted his face carved out on the monument.

 

“He said, ‘Kristi, come on over here. Shake my hand,'” she said. “I shook his hand, and I said, ‘Mr. President, you should come to South Dakota sometime. We have Mount Rushmore.’ And he goes, ‘Do you know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?'”

 

Noem, a vocal supporter of Trump, started laughing. “He wasn’t laughing,” she said. “So, he was totally serious.”

 

According to reports,Β Noem greeted Trump with a four-foot replica of Mount Rushmore that included his face when he arrived in the state for his rally last month.

 

In a tweet, the President denied reports the White House inquired about getting his face carved onto the monument.

 

However, he also suggested that it isΒ a good idea.

 

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

 

Many South Dakotan’s have debated on social media as to whether Trump’s addition would increase tourism.

 

“Think of how many more tourists would come to see it. Why would anyone turn down that local economy boost,” one user wrote.

 

“Don’t care! He’s the worst pres in our country’s history,” another replied.