- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Chinese mall has tied some of its future profits to the allure of an anthropomorphic statue of President-elect Donald Trump.

The 45th U.S. commander in chief’s likeness has been turned into a rooster in the city of Taiyuan. Customers at one of its local malls will be able to celebrate the Chinese zodiac sign for 2017 — the year of the rooster — by marveling at a 32-foot tall statue or buying a miniaturized version for $57.

Cao Mingliang, the deputy director of planning department from N1 ArtWalk Mall, told CNN Tuesday that “Trump Rooster” will be its new mascot.

“I think the rooster is very cute and funny, the hairstyle and eyebrows look very much like Donald Trump. I’m sure it will attract a lot of customers,” added Wei Qing of Shenghe Yangtai Business, which sells replica Trump Roosters.

Deep-pocketed Chinese fans of the billionaire can buy their own 32-foot-tall statue for $1,739.

Chinese New Year begins Jan. 28, just eight days after Mr. Trump is sworn into office.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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