Published: Mon, January 23, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Winston Churchill statue back in the Oval Office

Winston Churchill statue back in the Oval Office

The 45th USA head of state did not waste any time getting comfortable at the Oval Office of the White House, as he had the room's crimson curtains replaced with his preferred gold-hued drapes.

As President Donald Trump installed in the Oval Office, he decided he needs to do one change: bring back the statue of Winston Churchill's bust.

Although the recent adjustments are merely for decorative purposes, the move may be indicative of the many changes that are sure to come during Trump's reign, which many believe would alter the entire landscape of America. Seen as an arch imperialist, racist, and Indophobe by many Indians, Churchill had been evicted from the Oval Office in 2009 by President Obama, who replaced it with busts of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. "I would never do that, because I have great respect for Dr. Martin Luther King", Trump said. A president can also use his own funds on furnishings if he desires. This morning they were crimson.

Still, the bust continued to be a point of contention, one that Trump addressed in his rallies, where he promised he would return Churchill to the Oval Office. A few of the artwork have also been swapped.

According to a White House pool report, the drapes in the Oval Office have been replaced. However, Trump has retained "The Avenue in the Rain", by the American impressionist Childe Hassam and a painting of George Washington above the fireplace on the back wall.

President Donald Trump took a moment on Sunday to show staffers a letter former President Barack Obama left him in the Oval Office.

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