President Obama recently commented on the debate about whether the UK should remain in the European Union. He supported the government position that remaining in the EU is better.
Boris Johnson (mayor of London and a leading campaigner for the campaign to leave the EU) said in a newspaper article disagreeing with Obama's position that one of Obama's first presidential acts was to remove a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office.
Something mysterious happened when Barack Obama entered the Oval Office in 2009.
Something vanished from that room, and no one could quite explain why.
It was a bust of Winston Churchill – the great British war time leader... and it had sat there for almost ten years.
But on day one of the Obama administration it was returned, without ceremony, to the British embassy in Washington.
Ted Cruz had previously told the same story (see here) in criticising Obama.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015, said, “One of the very first acts President Obama did upon being elected was sending Churchill’s bust back to the UK, and I think that foreshadowed everything that was to come the next six years.”
The accuracy of the story about the bust has been questioned (see the Guardian for an example).
So is what Cruz and Johnson say about the removal of Churchill's bust from the oval office correct or not?