Trump Tower vs. the White House: Inside the president’s 2 offices, from Shaq’s sneaker to Ronald Reagan’s old rug

  • Donald Trump‘s old Trump Tower office is a far cry from the Oval Office he now occupies.
  • Most of Trump’s decor didn’t make the trip to D.C. with him.
  • Business Insider looked into the differences between Trump’s two signature workspaces.

Trump Tower and the Oval Office used to seem worlds apart.

But now that Donald Trump is president, they both count as his two signature workspaces.

His Trump Tower office was messy and littered with papers and random collectibles. Unsurprisingly, things tend to look a bit neater in the Oval Office.

Here’s a comparison of the two offices:


Trump’s old desk in Trump Tower was big and constantly cluttered with various files…

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… not to mention stacks of magazines emblazoned with Trump’s own image.

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In the Oval Office, Trump has opted to use the famed Resolute desk. Queen Victoria gifted the piece of furniture — which was carved from timbers of the H.M.S. Resolute — to Rutherford B. Hayes.

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The Trump Tower desk had the look of a messily organized workspace.

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But, while Trump occasionally evokes a similarly muddled scene in the Oval Office…

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… his overly empty desk has also become meme fodder.

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The rug in the Trump Tower office was beige with a square pattern.

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The sunburst-patterned rug in Trump’s Oval Office is the same one that First Lady Nancy Reagan designed for her husband.

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The walls of Trump’s old office were crammed with awards and sports memorabilia.

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Per tradition, the Oval Office is adorned with paintings of the sitting president’s choosing.

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Trump displays portraits of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln.

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Trump did have at least one presidential photo framed in his old office — a picture of him shaking hands with former US president Ronald Reagan.

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The jumble of frames in the Trump Tower office prompted Wall Street Journal reporter Monica Langley to call Trump’s digs “a little bit junky” in 2015.

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Trump responded that he couldn’t keep up with the items he was constantly being sent.

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But framed magazine covers featuring the then-businessman also took up a lot of room on the walls.

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While Trump’s decision to display a portrait of president Andrew Jackson has attracted some criticism, the aesthetic sensibilities of his current wall hangings are less controversial.

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During the 2016 campaign, Trump displayed an award from the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation in his Trump Tower workspace.

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As well as a couch-load of sports collectibles, from Tom Brady’s Super Bowl helmet…

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… to Mike Tyson’s championship belt …

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… to Shaquille O’Neal’s sneaker.

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In the Oval Office, he keeps a collection of law enforcement badges on the table behind his desk. Trump also reportedly wanted to display a 1987 letter from former president Richard Nixon, according to The Hill.

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Trump kept a collection of framed family and personal photos behind his old desk.


Today, he keeps framed photos of his parents, Fred and Mary Trump.

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He also displays The Bronco Buster. This equestrian statuette was previously kept in the Oval Office by Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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The Trump Tower office boasted a stunning view of Central Park.

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And now, Trump can turn around and gaze out at the White House’s South Lawn from his current vantage point.

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