President Trump returns the bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office

President Trump returns the bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office

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Immediately after assuming the presidency on Friday, President Trump restored the bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office, returning it to it’s rightful place.

President Trump signed his first executive orders at the Resolute Desk before new gold curtains with a blue trim, a new sunburst-patterned carpet and new brocade couches. The Churchill bust sat on a side-table against the wall, but was replaced by a figure of Martin Luther King Jr. when Obama came into the office. President Trump returned the bust of Churchill to it’s rightful place, and simply moved the figure of Martin Luther King Jr. over by the fireplace.

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(President Trump signing his first Executive actions) 

Winston Churchill had dedicated himself to exposing and extinguishing socialism from the world, he considered it a great evil against the freedom of mankind. Myself, I imagine his eyes peering across the room at Obama, rebuking him of this destructive path…

Obama moved the Churchill bust out of sight, outside the Treaty Room in his private residence, which was an insult to conservatives and many of our friends in the UK. In 2012, Presidential nominee Mitt Romney promised to bring it back to the Oval Office were he to be elected, and former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, a top surrogate of Trump’s during the campaign, brought it up soon after the election when he met with the now-President Trump. “Don’t worry, Mr. Churchill is going right back where he belongs, that’s a promise”. That was a promise President Trump kept on his very first night as President.

When confronted with the issue again at a press conference in London last April, Obama replied, “There are only so many tables where you can put busts, otherwise it starts looking a little cluttered,”. Many have noted that Trump managed to keep the figures of both men in his office without it looking the least bit cluttered.
Some other paintings have also been replaced by Trump, including two by the door created by Edward Hopper. President Trump decided to keep “The Avenue in the Rain” by the American impressionist Childe Hassam, from Obama’s Oval Office, and the back wall still hangs a painting of George Washington above the fireplace.

Ari Fleischer, a former George W. Bush press secretary, said on Twitter the office now somewhat resembled the decor during the 43rd President’s tenure.