Chinese mall unveils #TrumpDog statue to celebrate year of the dog

The canine statue sports a frown, an index finger pointing straight up and Trump’s signature hairstyle, rendered in gold

The canine statue sports a frown, an index finger pointing straight up and Trump’s signature hairstyle, rendered in gold

The People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist party, heralded the statue’s arrival, declaring “Welcome the #TrumpDog”.

The Chinese zodiac is a 12 year cycle, with each year represented by a separate animal.

Trump was born in 1946, also the year of the dog. But that is not good news for the US president, as Chinese culture predicts a year of bad fortune for anyone that shares the same zodiac sign.

People are generally told to be careful during their own zodiac year as pitfalls abound.

Trump frequently criticised China on the campaign trail, claiming Beijing’s unfair trade practices were “raping” the US. Since taking office however, he has refrained from taking a hard line on China and often lavishing praise on Chinese president Xi Jinping.

While the statue is a transparent ploy to gain international attention, an employee who answered the phone at the mall claimed it was not meant to resemble Trump.

“It’s just a cute dog for our customers to see and take pictures with,” the employee said, declining to give her name.

The statue, and the hashtag #TrumpDog, has been a hit on social media.

 

December 29, 2017

Sources:` New York Post ; Guardian

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