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Trump Reveals Oval Office Artwork Plans

| by Michael Doherty

President-elect Donald Trump has revealed his plans to add some personal touches to the Oval Office, making a handful of changes that reflect the incoming president's interests and friendships.

Trump reportedly plans to hang a letter he received in 1987 from former President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, according to Politico. Trump received the letter after former first lady Pat Nixon saw the future reality show star on television doing an interview, and thought he would make a successful politician.

"Dear Donald," former President Nixon wrote, "I did not see the program, but Mrs. Nixon told me that you were great on the Donahue Show. As you can imagine, she is an expert on politics and she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!"

Trump revealed the letter in an interview with Fox News, where he said that Nixon "always wanted me to run for office."

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Trump reportedly remains close with the Nixon family, having the former president's grandson, Christopher Nixon Cox, to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida for Thanksgiving, as well as putting him on the shortlist to be the U.S. ambassador to China, a job that later instead went to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

During his time at the White House, President Barack Obama placed a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., replacing a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The bust of Churchill, Obama later said, was placed outside his private office in the White House, where he saw it "every day, including on weekends, when I'm going into that office to watch a basketball game," according to ABC News.

The replacement of the Churchill bust caused controversy, when Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, wrote an opinion article speculating that the removal of Churchill's bust from the Oval Office was due to Obama's "part-Kenyan" heritage. Kenya was under British rule from 1895-1963, including the time Churchill was in office.

Obama said he felt as the first African-American president it was appropriate to place the bust of the civil rights leader in the office. He jokingly added that there are "only so many table where you can put busts, otherwise it starts looking a little cluttered."

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Trump may have plans to put the Churchill bust back into the Oval Office, according to British politician Nigel Farage. Farage tweeted that he was "especially pleased at [Trump]'s very positive reaction to idea that Sir Winston Churchill's bust should be put back in Oval Office."

Sources: Politico, ABC News / Photo credit: White House/Wikimedia Commons

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