A U.S. army holds military officer, a zipper pocket with “Challenge coins” for Secretary of defense Leon Panetta, the US military personnel stationed at the Yokota Air Base in Japan, Sept. 17, 2012.
Now that Donald Trump is the President, the traditional presidential has passed a challenge coin material changes, including the addition of his “Make America Great Again” slogan.
In addition, the presidential seal was replaced, with an eagle bearing the Trump signature, reported the Washington Post.
The President’s medal gets a makeover.
From: “E pluribus unum.”
In: “Make America Great Again.”https://t.co/MhgMYQnM4D
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) 22. December 2017
The 13 arrows represent the original States are gone. The national motto, “E pluribus unum” – a Latin phrase meaning “From many, one” — has also been removed.
Some ethics experts doubt that the unprecedented decision to launch a campaign on the coins, which are often given to members of the military, the newspaper reported.
“For the commander-in-chief to give a political token with a campaign slogan on it of officers who would violate the important principle of the separation of the military from politics, as well as the reduction of the tradition of the coin,” Trevor Potter, a Republican and former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, said the Post.
In addition to his signature, Trump’s name appears three times on the coin, which is almost twice as thick as its predecessor, while the traditional muted silver and copper color is replaced with gold, the report said.
Challenge coins come from military-balls-bearings-division badge and presented by the officers, troops, for exemplary service, the Post reported.
Not everyone has created in the trump administration, your own challenge coin; among them the Minister of defense of Jim Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general.
“It’s not about him. It goes to the person whose hand he shakes,” Mattis’ spokeswoman told the Post.
White house officials declined to say how much the coins will cost or who designed them, the report said.