Brexit's Farage meets Trump, wants Churchill bust in Oval Office

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Nigel Farage, a key figure in the Brexit movement, met with President-elect Donald Trump Saturday —and said he raised the issue of returning a bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office.

While protesters chanted outside, the two met inside Trump Tower and spoke for more than an hour.

"It was a great honor to spend time with Donald Trump," Farage wrote on Twitter. "He was relaxed and full of good ideas. I'm confident he will be a good president."

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He also wrote that Trump's support for the U.S.-UK relationship was "very strong," adding — in an echo of former PM Margaret Thatcher's famous comment about Ronald Reagan — "this is a man with whom we can do business."

Farage also write that he was "especially pleased" at Trump's "very positive reaction to the idea that Sir Winston Churchill's bust should be put back in the Oval Office."

President Barack Obama said he removed the bust of Britain's wartime PM because, as the first black president, he thought it necessary to include a bust of Martin Luther King in the Oval Office and feared the potential clutter. He moved the Churchill bust to just outside the office.

The issue of the bust was raised last year British foreign secretary Boris Johnson after Obama appeared to urge British voters to reject Brexit.

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