Eagle with golf clubs? Altered seal at Trump speech

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In this July 23, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump takes the stage at Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in Washington. The White House says it had no warning that an altered presidential seal featuring a two-headed eagle clutching golf clubs would be shown at a speech by President Donald Trump this week. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it didn’t know that an altered presidential seal featuring a two-headed eagle clutching golf clubs would be displayed at a speech by President Donald Trump this week.

Spokesman Judd Deere says officials “never saw the seal” before it was projected on a screen behind Trump as he was introduced at Turning Point USA’s teen summit on Tuesday. The real seal has a bald eagle clutching arrows in one set of talons and an olive branch in the other.

A spokesman for Turning Point USA told The Washington Post, which first reported on the seal, it fired a video team member for mistakenly displaying the seal.

Deere referred additional questions to Turning Point USA. The conservative group did not immediately return an emailed request for comment Thursday.

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