Politics

Reporters See Trump's Changes To The Oval Office

| by Kathryn Schroeder

The bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is back in the Oval Office after former President Barack Obama removed it during his administration.

In 2009, Obama put the Churchill bust in the White House residence to make room in the Oval Office for one of former President Abraham Lincoln and another of Martin Luther King Jr., according to The Hill.

Some republicans and conservatives viewed Obama's removal of the Churchill bust as an insult to the United Kingdom, a close ally of the U.S.

Obama's decision is a "great insult to the British," former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican, said in 2011. "His perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather. He probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather."

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Obama was not raised in Kenya; he was born and grew up in the U.S. and did not visit the birth country of his father until his early 20s.

In 2016, Obama denied that removing the Churchill bust was a snub to the United Kingdom.

"I love Winston Churchill," he said at a news conference in England with then-British Prime Minister David Cameron. "I love the guy."

Reporters saw that the Churchill bust had been returned to the Oval Office when they watched President Donald Trump on Jan. 20 sign his first executive orders as commander in chief.

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Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that the Martin Luther King Jr. bust is still in the Oval Office, positioned below the Norman Rockwell painting of the torch of the Statue of Liberty, People reports.

Trump has made other changes to the Oval Office, including replacing Obama's crimson drapes with gold ones. He also replaced a rug, opting to use one from the Bush Administration featuring a sunburst, and the couches are now brocade instead of grey suede.

Sources: The Hill, People / Photo credit: Andres Castellano/Flickr

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