The New York Times reported that White House aides reached out to South Dakota Governor last year about the process of adding faces to Mount Rushmore. The report was aggregated by several news channels such as CNN.
United States President Donald Trump said while this did not happen at all, it was not a bad idea.
President Trump, retweeting CNN's headline, commented the reports fake news, though he added that it sounds like a good idea.
"This is Fake News by the failing @nytimes & bad ratings @CNN. Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me!" President Trump tweeted.
Noem, then a congresswoman, said in 2018 that Donald Trump had told her he aspired to have his image on the monument and clarified to her that he was serious, acording to the Argus leader.
Noem said at the time, "I shook Trump's hand, and I said ,'Mr. President you should come South Dakota sometime, We have Mount Rushmore. And President Trump goes on saying, Do you know it's my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?"
The American monument has 60-foot presidential likeness heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, as recommended by Borglum. The four Presient were chosen to represent nation's birth, growth, development and preservation, respectively.