WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it didn’t know that an altered presidential seal featuring a two-headed eagle clutching golf clubs would be displayed at a speech by President Donald Trump this week.
Spokesman Judd Deere says officials “never saw the seal” before it was projected on a screen behind Trump as he was introduced at Turning Point USA’s teen summit on Tuesday. The real seal has a bald eagle clutching arrows in one set of talons and an olive branch in the other.
A spokesman for Turning Point USA told The Washington Post, which first reported on the seal, it fired a video team member for mistakenly displaying the seal.
CNN reports that the team member did not notice the seal was doctored and was under pressure to quickly find a high-resolution image of the presidential seal using Google Images.
Deere referred additional questions to Turning Point USA. The conservative group did not immediately return an emailed request for comment Thursday.