Here’s what the real one looks like
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday stood before an altered presidential seal while being introduced at a student activist conference hosted by Turning Points USA.
The modified symbol showed an eagle with two heads, which seems to resemble the Russian coat of arms. It is also grasping thirteen golf clubs and has a banner above its head that reads “45 Es un Títere,” which is Spanish for “45 is a puppet.”
It is unclear how the fake symbol got on the screen, but Turning Points USA fired a member of their video team as a result, the Washington Post reported. The Post was the first outlet to report on the modified image.
So what does the true presidential seal look like?
The traditional presidential seal has an image of an American eagle. In one of the eagle’s talons, it’s holding an olive branch — symbolizing peace— and in the other, thirteen arrows — symbolizing war.
The eagle is also holding a scroll in its beak, with the words “E Pluribus Unum,” Latin for “Out of Many, One,” written on it.
A shield is on the crest of the eagle and has 13 red and white stripes that represent the United State’s 13 colonies. A blue bar is above the stripes to represent the 13 colonies uniting to represent one chief.
Above the eagle are 13 clouds and 13 stars, to also represent the colonies.
The whole symbol is surrounded by a circle of 50 stars, to represent the current 50 states of the U.S.
Like what you’re reading?: Download the USA TODAY app for more
Contributing: Nicholas Wu