President Obama Explains Why Winston Churchill's Bust Was Removed From the Oval Office

The bust was moved from the Oval Office to outside the Treaty Room.

The president explained that the bust is placed outside his private office in the White House residence, known as the Treaty Room, where he sees it "every day, including on weekends, when I’m going into that office to watch a basketball game.” It was long rumored that Obama had sent the bust back to the British Embassy after removing it from the Oval Office.

The president emphasized that it’s there voluntarily, remarking lightheartedly that “I can do anything” on the second floor of the White House.

“I love Winston Churchill, I love the guy,” Obama said.

Johnson is a strong advocate for leaving the EU, while the president supports the U.K.’s continued membership in the alliance.

The president spoke about his views on the topic in an op-ed in the British publication The Telegraph today, imploring the British people to recognize that their membership in the EU is in Britain and the United States’ best interest.

“The European Union doesn’t moderate British influence –- it magnifies it,” Obama writes. “A strong Europe is not a threat to Britain’s global leadership; it enhances Britain’s global leadership.”