Churchill bust to return to the White House under Donald Trump

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11th January 2017

Britain is to return the bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office, after Donald Trump’s advisers put the request to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

President Obama has been attacked in the past for removing the bust from the Oval Office
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The statue was originally presented to George W. Bush in 2001, but was removed by Barack Obama, who replaced the wartime prime minister’s image with one of Martin Luther King in 2009.

A Downing Street spokesperson told The Sun: “The Prime Minister is happy to loan the Churchill bust to the White House and will be delighted to view it on display when she visits this spring”.

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Mr Johnson spoke to several high-profile congressional appointees, as well as aides to Mr Trump, when he visited New York last week.

Boris Johnson had previously attacked Mr Obama’s move as evidence of his “ancestral dislike of the British Empire”, as he lashed out at the President's intervention in the EU campaign.

But Mr Obama confirmed there was still a bust of Churchill in the White House residence outside his office, which he saw every day.

“I love Winston Churchill, love the guy” he added.

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage took to Twitter to claim he had advised the president-elect to reinstate the bust.