Remember when a newly elected President Trump brought the bust of Winston Churchill back to the Oval Office in the White House? It looks like we’ve come full circle because President Trump just sat in Churchills’s chair! The British Ambassador to the U.S. helped plan events during Trump’s UK visit to showcase Churchill because President Trump is an enthusiast of the great leader:
@POTUS sits in Winston Churchill’s chair as a guest of Prime Minister May at Chequers.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 13, 2018
Trump and May participated in a bilateral meeting early Friday at Chequers in Buckinghamshire, England, as well as a working lunch and a joint news conference.
BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO THE US KIM DARROCH:
“We wanted to do something different for the president. We know that he is an enthusiast of Winston Churchill. He’s a big fan of the film ‘Darkest Hour,’ so we thought it would be nice to do a dinner for him at Blenheim Palace.”
President Trump hosted a screening of the film “Darkest Hour” at the White House last year:
Last winter, as Mr. Trump was adjusting to his presidency, he was host to a screening of “Darkest Hour” at the White House. The film, which lionizes Churchill’s extraordinary struggle to see Britain through a devastating war and face down one of history’s most destructive monsters, struck a chord with the president. Mr. Trump has said he usually has trouble sitting through movies, and will get up and leave if he is uninterested.
“Darkest Hour” stuck with the president as he made plans to visit Britain. In a phone call last winter, he told Mrs. May that she could become this generation’s Churchill, a British official said on Thursday. The official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the conversation and spoke on the condition of anonymity, was confirming a detail first reported by The Telegraph.
An official involved in the planning for the visit said there was even discussion of having the president visit the underground London bunker used by Mr. Churchill as a war room during World War II. Those plans were eventually cut out of the final agenda.