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Biden brought the button Trump used to order Diet Cokes back to the Oval Office

Summary List PlacementPresident Joe Biden has brought back a call button former President Donald Trump used to order Diet Cokes while sitting in the Oval Office after briefly removing it from the Resolute desk. Photos from Monday show the call box sitting next to Biden s phones, in the same place Trump placed the box when he would sit at there. The call box was not seen in pictures of Biden on his first day in office last week. Trump used the wooden call box throughout his entire presidency, and first showed it off in 2017 interviews with The Associated Press and the Financial Times, during which he told reporters: Everyone does get a little nervous when I press that button. The call box has been around for decades and other recent presidents have also been pictured in the White House with it, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush. It can be used to call White House staff, Secret Service Agents, and other officials, but Trump appeared to have told his staff that if he pressed the button, he wanted a Diet Coke. It s unclear if Biden has a specific use for the button, or if it will be used more generally. Like presidents before him, Biden also changed a number of decorations upon entering the Oval Office. Biden replaced a portrait of President Andrew Jackson with a portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and opted to feature a number of progressives and activists through the room, including Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the labor leader and civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez. He also chose to display portraits of Benjamin Franklin, President Thomas Jefferson, and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. Read more: Biden administration taking steps to speed up putting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill Meet Jen Psaki, the face of Biden s administration who s promising to bring truth back to White House briefings Biden s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill is in trouble, and Democrats might not be able to pass the next round of stimulus until March Biden overturns Trump s ban on transgender service members in the US military Join the conversation about this story NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button


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