Published: Sun, January 22, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

First Look at President Trump in Oval: Winston Churchill Bust Is Back


Trump has held onto "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.

A bust of Winston Churchill has been returned to the White House's Oval Office.

It is customary for new presidents to decorate the Oval Office to their liking, but removing Churchill's bust became a nagging controversy during Obama's presidency, resurfacing several times during his eight years in office.

The removal of the Churchill bust by Obama had been viewed by some Republicans and conservatives as an insult to the United Kingdom, a close ally of the United States.

Back when Churchill's bust was removed, the White House said it was in order to make room for the busts of Martin Luther King Jr. and former United States president Abraham Lincoln.

Obama's decision of replacing Winston Churchill's bust with that of Martin Luther King Jr had drawn a lot of flak.

So, now the Oval Office has a bust of Churchill and MLK, showing that President Trump prefers being surrounded by all kinds of great leaders as Commander-in-Chief.

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A bitter row over the bust's location has raged for seven years since outgoing President Barack Obama replaced the wartime leader's image with one of Martin Luther King in 2009.

"There are only so many tables where you can put busts - otherwise it starts looking a little cluttered", Obama had said at London news conference last April.

The one given to Bush had been a replica lent to the White House while the original one was "being worked on at the time".

The Democrat said: "My private office is called the Treaty Room".

According to reports, King's likeness no longer remains in the room.

The Martin Luther King Jr, however, is still in the Oval Office, this was the most significant change noted by White House reporters as they entered the office for Trump to make his first few signatures on documents and an executive order associated with Obamacare.

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