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Prankster places Putin portrait in spot reserved for Trump at Colorado Capitol Hall

A portrait of Russian President briefly stood near the place reserved for a portrait of President Donald Trump at the Colorado Capitol’s wall of presidential portraits. Although the prank was taken down, Trump's photo remains missing because no money has been raised to have the portrait created. (Brian A. Jackson/Getty Images)

A picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin was briefly displayed Thursday in a spot reserved for President Donald Trump at The Colorado State Capitol Hall, according to published reports.

What happened?

An unknown prankster reportedly brought a picture of Putin into the Capitol building and placed it where Trump's is supposed to be on the Capitol's wall of presidential portraits, reports state. The joke only last a short time before a tour guide noticed it and took it down.

Democratic state Sen. Steve Fenberg managed to get a picture of the prank before it was removed. He shared the photo on Twitter:

Meanwhile, Trump’s portrait remains missing.

The reason? The group Colorado Citizens for Culture is having a hard time funding the money needed to have Trump’s portrait created, KUSA-TV reported.

“The group has received $0 of the $10,000 needed for the portrait," Jay Seller, who runs Colorado Citizens for Culture, told the TV station.

Usually, the money to fund the photos is raised in about 4 months.

That was the case for former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Each of their portraits also cost about $10,000. And both of them are currently displayed on the wall.

Will Trump's portrait ever be on the wall?

None of this means that Trump's portrait must remain missing from the display. The group says it's still taking donations to it created, the report states.

KUSA reported that donations can be made via checks made out to the Colorado Citizens for Culture with the words "presidential portrait" in the memo section.

The donations may be sent to:

Attn: Jay Seller

Colorado Citizens for Culture

2001 Lincoln Street, Suite 1611

Denver, CO 80202

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