Donald Trump 'offered solid gold toilet' for White House

Donald Trump 'offered solid gold toilet' for White House

The gold toilet was created by artist Maurizio Cattelan

Friday, January 26, 2018

Donald Trump has been offered a golden throne on a "long-term loan" for the White House from the Guggenheim Museum.

Actually, when we say throne, we mean a solid gold toilet.

The bizarre item was used previously used as a temporary exhibit in the museum. The Washington Post reports that it was offered to Trump as a form of consolation prize after his wife Melania originally requested a Van Gogh painting on loan.

The painting could not be loaned because it is scheduled to go on display at the Guggenheim in Spain.

Instead of the painting, the museum offered the golden bog, which is 18-Karat gold and functions fully, according to The Hill.

It is claimed curator Nancy Spector, who wrote to the White House explaining why Melania could not have the painting, has posted comments about Trump online, such as a call to action with the words "this must be the first day of our revolution" after he was elected President.

When the toilet was used as part of the exhibit, it was entitled "America" and some claimed its aim was to mock excessive wealth.

Artist Maurizio Cattelan, who created the piece, has said the piece is "1% art for the 99%" as well as claiming "whatever you eat, a two-hundred-dollar lunch or a two-dollar hot dog, the results are the same, toilet-wise."

It is not really clear why the artist would want the Trump family to have the toilet. When asked by The Washington Post he responded: "It’s a very delicate subject.

“What’s the point of our life? Everything seems absurd until we die and then it makes sense.”

A spokesperson said that the museum had emailed the White House, but gave no further details. The White House has not responded on the matter.