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 in order to make room for one of former President Abraham Lincoln and another of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oval Office, according to The Hill.
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.
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,” Huckabee said.
Obama was not raised in Kenya. He was born and grew up in the Unites States 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. I love the guy,” he said at a news conference in England with then-British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Reporters saw that the Churchill bust had been returned to the Oval Office when they watched President Donald Trump on January 20 sign his first executive orders as commander in chief.
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 the crimson drapes of Obama 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