President Trump wondered why George Washington did not name his historic compound after himself during a visit to Mount Vernon last year, three people briefed on the exchange told Politico this week.
“If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it,” Trump said during a tour of Mount Vernon last April that he shared with French President Emmanuel Macron.
“You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you,” he reportedly continued.
According to Politico, Mount Vernon president and CEO Doug Bradburn, who served as the VIP tour guide for the visit, noted that Washington was successful in getting the nation’s capital named after himself, to which Trump conceded laughingly.
The news outlet’s sources said Trump was disinterested in the first president during the tour and said Macron and his wife had far more knowledge about the history of the compound.
Bradburn later described the 45-minute tour with Trump as “truly bizarre,” they added.
Bradburn “was desperately trying to get [Trump] interested in” the first president’s house, one source said.
Trump also asked whether Washington was “really rich,” another person familiar with the tour told Politico.
Washington, who had acquired much property throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C., was among the wealthiest people in America during his time.
“That is what Trump was really the most excited about,” the source added.
Trump reportedly told the Macrons and Bradburn that he approved of Washington’s bedpost, where the first president died from a throat infection in 1799.
“A good bed to die in,” Trump said, according to Politico.