Longtime White House photographer Pete Souza weighed in on some recent images released by the Trump administration of Donald Trump, saying they were “obviously” staged.
After revealing he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the president checked into Walter Reed hospital, as The Inquisitr previously reported. While there, he released a few photos that appeared to show him working in various rooms while he was being treated, as The Daily Beast wrote.
Souza, who worked under former presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, has a unique perspective about the pictures coming out of the White House, given his extensive history in the job.
“They were obviously posed pictures,” he said.
As ABC News reported at the time, the three images came under intense scrutiny by critics who felt they weren’t realistic.
In the first photo, Trump wore a dark blue jacket and a white button-down shirt open at the neck. He appears to be signing a piece of paper at a round table.
When zoomed in on, the paper appears to be blank and he is apparently signing his name to an empty page.
An official pushed back on the claim, saying it was overexposed so the type couldn’t be seen.
In a second photograph, the suit jacket is gone, but it seems as though he is wearing a similar shirt. Again, he works at a table with several binders and documents in front of him.
A journalist named Jon Ostrower examined the two snapshots and noted they were taken just 10 minutes apart.
At the time, some critics decried the images as propaganda.
Souza also spoke with Variety and repeated the claim that the images released by the administration aren’t real.
“They’re reality show photos. It’s hard to find any authentic behind-the-scenes moments among the tens of thousands of photographs they’ve posted on Flickr,” he said.
The pictures stand in contrast to his own photos, according to Souza, who feels his photographs create a more accurate portrayal of the reality at the White House behind-the-scenes. He explained why he felt it was important to capture reality.
“Michelle Obama has the great quote where she says the presidency doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are. I think my photographs of both President Reagan and President Obama reveal who they are as human beings. They’re authentic. They’re not staged. They’re not posed,” he said.
Souza is perhaps most famous for the image he took in titled “Situation Room,” featuring then-President Obama and his cabinet, including Hillary Clinton, watching a screen as Navy SEALS entered the home of Osama bin Laden before killing him.