Newly sworn in President of the United States Donald Trump took to the Oval Office yesterday shortly after the inauguration ceremony to sign several executive orders, including an order to start the process of rolling back Obamacare, and viewers quickly noticed that an iconic symbol had returned to the Oval Office.
In 2009 Barack Obama’s administration decided that the historic bust of Winston Churchill should be removed from the Oval Office and sent back to Great Britain, a move that many viewed as an insult to the long standing relationship of the two countries. Obama’s staff stated that the bust was only removed to make room for ones of Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, although there appears to be plenty of room in the office for those two historic icons in addition to the bust of Churchill.
As reported several weeks ago, Trump had asked UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson for the bust of Churchill to be returned to the Oval Office under his administration. A spokesperson for the British prime minister said regarding the request, “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”.
True to his word, President Trump has indeed returned the bust of Churchill to it’s historic location in the Oval Office, as seen in the pictures yesterday when the press took photos of him signing his first executive orders.
I have a feeling this is only the first of many reversals Trump will be making to Obama’s legacy, one which probably wouldn’t have happened under Hillary Clinton, as the White House is returned to it’s dignified standing.