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Winston Churchill bust goes back in Oval; prompts controversy so big Spicer AND Priebus have to step in

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On his very first day in the Oval Office, between the inaugural parade and the inaugural balls, President Donald Trump fulfilled a promise he made on the campaign trail — to return the bust of the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to its rightful place of honor.

And the move resulted in a profuse series of apologies from a Time magazine reporter.

The bust was removed amidst controversy in 2009 by former President Barack Obama. It was reportedly replaced with those of Abraham Lincoln and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. It was the bust of King that led to the Time apology.

Time magazine White House correspondent Zeke Miller initially reported that the Churchill bust had replaced that of King.

When a White House aide pointed out his error, Miller sounded like Obama on his worldwide apology tour — he couldn’t vow and scrape enough.

He looked for it twice? Miller was obviously looking for controversy and saw only what he wanted to see. And the apologies still came even after White House spokesman Sean Spicer accepted his initial apology.

And Spicer tweeted a photo of the King bust taken by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to ward off any other rumors that it had been removed.

Republicans and conservatives were furious by Obama’s decision to remove the Churchill bust. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called the move “a great insult to the British.”

“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.”

During his visit to England last year, Obama defended his decision, claiming it had nothing to do with any perceived lack of respect for the British World War II leader.

“I love Winston Churchill,” Obama said at a news conference with then-British Prime Minister David Cameron. “I love the guy.”

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson disagreed. He attributed Obama’s snub to “the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British Empire.”

But as much as Obama scrambled then, it was nothing as compared to the Time reporter’s scrambling Friday night.

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