Report: White House intern appears to flash 'white power' hand gesture in photo with Trump

A White House intern appeared to flash a white power hand gesture in a photo with President Donald Trump, a signal that some far-right groups have adopted in recent months.

Jack Breuer, a recent graduate of Emory University who interned with the White House this year, bore the symbol alongside other interns and Trump himself in a photo that was taken in the White House in November, the Daily Mail first reported Thursday.

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Some have suggested that the gesture was just the "OK" hand symbol, but many have linked the symbol to far-right groups who have used it to make the letter shapes of 'w' and 'p' with their right hands -- the same hand Breuer is using in the photo.

Earlier this year, white nationalists and far-right activists were pictured using the same gesture at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, which resulted in the death of one woman who was protesting against the march. Richard Spencer, a self-described white supremacist, has also been frequently photographed using the sign at events.

According to the Daily Mail, the gesture was first noticed after the White House sent the pictures to the interns' families.

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One fellow intern, who requested anonymity, told the website that Breuer, who allegedly worked under senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, is "a good kid and is probably doing it as a joke."

"It is a distinct symbol known in alt-right circles and what makes it worse is that he is doing it in the East Room just below the portrait of George Washington," another intern told the outlet.

The news arrives amid the continued fallout the president has faced for his decision to blame "both sides" in the wake of the violent rally in Charlottesville.


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