A breakdown of what’s in Trump’s new office – including a nearly hidden bottle that suggests he’s drinking Coke despite calling for boycott

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Donald Trump outside the entrance of Mar-a-Lago on December 21, 2016.

  • Trump advisor Stephen Miller tweeted a photo of himself and Trump in Trump’s new office Monday.
  • Eagle-eyed observers noticed what looked like a glass Diet Coke bottle hidden on Trump’s desk.
  • Days earlier Trump told his supporters to boycott Coca-Cola for opposing Georgia’s new voting laws.
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Donald Trump is back on Twitter. Well, sort of.

The former president made a guest appearance on Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller’s Twitter Monday in a photo of the two taken in Trump’s new Mar-a-Lago office.

The long-time Trump advisor offered Twitter users a glimpse into the Trump’s new working conditions since he took up residence in the South Florida club after leaving office in January.

But eagle-eyed inspectors were quick to notice a poorly-concealed taboo on Trump’s desk.

Just behind a telephone on the desk, a glass bottle of what appears to be the former president’s well-known favorite soda, Diet Coke, can be seen partially open and apparently drunk from.

The not-quite out-of-sight soda bottle is particularly notable in light of Trump’s recent calls to boycott Coca-Cola products made just a few days before the picture seems to have been taken.

On Saturday, Trump released a statement calling on Republicans and conservatives to “fight back” against “WOKE CANCEL CULTURE,” by boycotting companies like Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan, Chase, UPS, and more who have all protested Georgia’s restrictive new voting law.

Early in his presidency, a New York Times profile revealed Trump drank roughly 12 Diet Cokes each day and even summoned housekeeping staff to bring him a can of his favorite soda via a button on his desk.

A close inspection of Miller’s photo also revealed a pair of reading glasses resting on Trump’s new desk – a departure from the man who very rarely allowed himself to be seen wearing glasses. In 2019, The New York Times reported that Trump disliked tweeting in front of other people because he needs reading glasses to see his iPhone screen. Instead, Trump preferred to dictate his tweets to then-White House social-media director, Dan Scavino.

No word on how or when Trump dons the glasses since he’s been permanently removed from Twitter.

Miller’s photo also highlights a telling piece of artwork in Trump’s office. In the corner of the room, overlooking the former president’s desk hangs a framed picture of Mount Rushmore.

According to The New York Times, in 2019, a White House aide asked the office of South Dakota’s governor, Kristi Noem, how to add more presidents to Mount Rushmore. Noem said during her first meeting with Trump in the oval office she invited him to come to South Dakota sometime, boasting of Mount Rushmore. He reportedly replied: “Do you know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?”

In the corner of the photo, sitting atop a side table and partially blocked by Miller, stands a miniature statue of what appears to be Trump himself; a tangible ode to a self-admittedly, self-involved president.

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Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks hints at likely Senate run with campaign event featuring former Trump advisor Stephen Miller

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In this image from video, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks as the House reconvenes to debate the objection to confirm the Electoral College vote from Arizona, after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021

  • Rep. Mo Brooks is hosting a campaign event that will feature former Trump advisor Stephen Miller.
  • Brooks, of Alabama, is expected to run for Senate to replace retiring Sen. Richard Shelby.
  • Trump is expected to get involved in the 2022 primaries to boost his allies.
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Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks teased a likely Senate run with a campaign event next week that will be attended by Stephen Miller, a top aide to former President Donald Trump.

According to an invitation posted on Brook’s Twitter page, the pair will attend his “campaign rally and announcement” at Bullet & Barrel, an indoor shooting range and training facility in Huntsville, Alabama, on March 22.

Brooks’ campaign did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Brooks, a staunch conservative, was one of the leading lawmakers behind the effort to challenge slates of Electoral College votes from states that voted for President Joe Biden at the joint session of Congress on January 6, the day that pro-Trump rioters sieged the US Capitol.

In the weeks leading up to the electoral vote count, Brooks pushed false assertions of massive voter fraud and election irregularities in six swing states that voted for Biden. He also claimed, without evidence, that “honest America[n] citizens have been victims of the largest voter fraud and election theft scheme in American history.”

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Brooks is now expected to jump into the race to replace Sen. Richard Shelby, who is not running for reelection. Brooks recently told CNN that he is considering running for Senate. Asked about Trump’s support, he said: “I think that’s for him to announce at the appropriate time.”

Shelby, who represented Alabama in the Senate since 1986, developed a reputation as a highly-skilled legislator who routinely secured major federal resources for Alabama from his post on the Appropriations Committee.

He is one of several longtime Republican senators to opt out of running for reelection in 2022, along with Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Roy Blunt of Missouri, and Rob Portman of Ohio.

The Republican primaries to replace all five senators will test the extent of Trump’s continued influence over the GOP. Trump reportedly plans on getting involved in the 2022 primaries both to boost candidates he sees as allies and to undermine Republicans he sees as disloyal to him, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski – who voted to convict him in his most recent impeachment trial.

Another Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, Trump’s former ambassador to Slovenia, Lynda Blanchard, recently hosted a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s club and current residence in Palm Beach, Florida. She did not receive his endorsement.

For his part, Miller was both one of Trump’s speechwriters and a leading architect of the hardline immigration policy under Trump’s administration, including the highly-controversial family separation policy at the US-Mexico border in 2018.

Before joining the Trump administration, Miller was an immigration policy advisor to former Sen. Jeff Sessions, who represented Alabama in the US Senate for decades before serving as Trump’s attorney general. Sessions attempted to run for his old seat in 2020, but lost the Republican primary to now-Sen. Tommy Tuberville.

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Susan Rice is burning sage in her West Wing office, once occupied by anti-immigrant hardliner Stephen Miller, used to cleanse a space of negativity

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Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 26, 2021.

  • Susan Rice has redecorated the West Wing office formerly occupied by Stephen Miller.
  • In the room where Miller formulated Trump’s anti-immigration policies, she’s put up Haitian art and used scented sage. 
  • The Biden administration has reversed many of the Trump administration’s migration policies. 
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Susan Rice, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, occupies the same West Wing office recently used by Stephen Miller, the Trump administration’s anti-immigration hardliner, The New York Times reported Saturday. 

As a prominent Black Democrat often vilified by conservatives, she’s aware of the “symbolism” of occupying the space where Miller formulated policies, including the widely reviled child separation policy, and has taken a few steps to redecorate. 

In the room, a painting from Haiti’s Caribbean nation now hangs, and the room is scented with sage candles. 

Burning sage has been used in indigenous people’s rituals for centuries to cleanse a person or space of negativity and promote healing and wisdom.

Apparently confirming the report, Rice, on Saturday evening, tweeted a picture of the office’s new decorations. 

Miller was among Trump’s most influential advisors. He was the architect of Trump’s hardline anti-immigration strategy, including the child separation policy, the Muslim ban, and the redirection of military money to finance the wall along the southern border that remained unfinished when Trump left office. 

Under the child separation policy, thousands of children were separated from their undocumented migrant parents and held in squalid detention facilities on the US-Mexican border.

He survived calls from Democrats for his resignation after emails were obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center showing him promoting white nationalist conspiracy theories and citing notorious white nationalist websites. 

Rice, a domestic policy advisor, is taking a key role in President Biden’s reversal of Trump-era migration policies.

On February 3, Rice said that the administration would form a special task force to reunite the 3,000 children still displaced due to the child separation policy with their parents or family. 

Rice served as Barack Obama’s national security advisor and attracted criticism from conservatives over the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, where a US diplomat was killed. 

In February, the administration was criticized for reopening one of the Trump administration’s detention facilities for children to house unaccompanied minors entering the country. 

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