‘Special Relationship is About People’: Biden Admin Defends Removing Churchill Bust From Oval Office

Newly-elected President Joe Biden earlier had a bust of Winston Churchill removed from the Oval Office, replacing it with a bust of Cesar Chavez, in a swift makeover on 20 January witnessed by reporters invited inside to observe the Democrat sign off on a spate of executive orders hours after the inauguration ceremony.

The Joe Biden administration has defended its decision to remove a bust of former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Oval Office as part of a recent makeover.

​An upbeat video posted on Twitter by the US Embassy to the UK ostensibly seeks to remind people “what the Special Relationship is truly about”.

The ‘Special Relationship’ is an unofficial term frequently used to describe the political, diplomatic, cultural, economic, military, and historical relations between the United Kingdom and the United States, and is often extended to its political leaders, as well.

The video underscores that the ‘Special Relationship’ is about ‘people, values & trust’, as it juxtaposes pictures of ‘just a bust of Winston Churchill’ with footage of former US and UK presidents meeting.

The ‘Disappearing Bust’

The controversy around the Jacob Epstein sculpture of the British wartime leader, which British Prime Minister Tony Blair had loaned to President George W. Bush in 2001, dates back to 2009.

That is when ex-President Barack Obama caused a stir by removing it in favour of a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. when he entered office in what was…

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