When President Obama took office he got rid of the bust of Winston Churchill and replaced it with Martin Luther King Jr. in 2009. It was made by Jacob Epstein and given to George W. Bush by then prime minister Tony Blair. When President Obama removed it, it made people furious. Both in America and England.
The former President tried defending himself by saying the following,
“My private office is called the Treaty Room. Right outside the door of the Treaty Room so that I see it every day, including on weekends when I’m going into that office to watch a basketball game, the primary image I see is a bust of Winston Churchill.”
The then mayor of London was Boris Johnson. He suggested to reporters that the decision by President Obama was fueled by Obama’s, “ancestral dislike of the Empire.” Back in November the now President Trump indicated he would place the bust back where it belongs. Trump proclaimed Tony Blair a hero when speaking with The New York Times.
Close British ally to Trump was Nigel Farage who originally brought up the idea to President Trump when privately meeting with him. He encouraged him and asked if he would be willing to put the bust back in its rightful place. Farage is a former leader of UKIP and indicated putting the bust back would bring relations between Britain and America back to the warm place they once were prior to Obama’s presidency.
“At the end of our time with Trump we asked him if the bust of Sir Winston Churchill that Obama had removed from the Oval Office could be put back in its rightful place. He enthusiastically thought that was a good idea. Need I say more?”
President Trump made a very clear statement that no words WERE required by putting the bust back where it belongs on the very first day he was in office.
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