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The button, mounted on a large wooden box, was next to two telephones on Donald Trump’s desk.

And when Trump pressed the red button, a butler emerged from another room with a bottle of Diet Coke on a silver platter.

The button on a wooden box was one of the few things that constantly appeared on Donald Trump's desk.
The button on a wooden box was one of the few things that constantly appeared on Donald Trump’s desk. (AP)
Ordering a Diet Coke with the push of a button is not one of President Joe Biden's top priorities.
Ordering a Diet Coke with the push of a button is not one of President Joe Biden’s top priorities. (AP)

Substantial changes were made to the Oval Office in the hours between Trump’s departure and Biden’s arrival, and the Diet Coke button has not survived the transition.

The change was noticed by Tom Newton Dunn of The times.

“When (Tim Shipman) and I interviewed Donald Trump in 2019, we were fascinated by what the little red button did,” Newton Dunn wrote on Twitter.

“Finally, Trump pressed him, and a butler quickly brought out a Diet Coke on a silver platter. It’s gone.”

Photos of Biden signing executive orders show that nothing has changed in the president’s desk space except the button.

Neither Biden nor Trump drink alcohol, but the drink they choose is different.

Next to Mr. Biden in the photo is a cup of tea or coffee.

Meanwhile, Trump is reported to have consumed up to a dozen Diet Cokes a day.

The Oval Office of the White House was recently redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden's administration, Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in Washington, including a table with family photos.
The Oval Office of the White House was recently redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration, Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in Washington, including a table with family photos. (AP)

Several other changes have already been noted in the Oval Office. A bust of Trump’s father, Fred, a wealthy real estate developer, has been replaced by one of labor activist César Chávez.

And a portrait of President Andrew Jackson has been replaced by one of Benjamin Franklin.

Jackson has been a celebrated president in the past, but his role in the genocide of Native Americans has made him a controversial figure in recent years.

A beige rug has been replaced by a dark blue one with the presidential seal.

The Oval Office of the White House has recently been redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration. (AP)

A bust of Winston Churchill has been removed and an Apollo 17 moon rock is on display. A bust of the civil rights icon Rosa Parks has also been added.

The desk itself stays still. The desk was made from the woods of the British Arctic exploration ship the HMS solved, and it was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B Hayes in 1880.

The 590kg piece of furniture has been moved around the White House, but has been in the Oval Office for most of the last 40 years.

A table immediately behind the Resolute desk has photos of Biden’s family.

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