Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks during the unveiling of a replica of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph in Trafalgar Square, central London, on April 19, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS
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Barack Obama hit back at Boris Johnson Friday after London's mayor suggested the U.S. president had removed a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office because of anti-British sentiment.In an article criticizing Obama for supporting Britain's EU membership during his visit to Britain, Johnson, who is fighting to leave the bloc, suggested the bust symbolized "the part-Kenyan president's ancestral dislike of the British empire". "I love Winston Churchill, love the guy," Obama added.His predecessor George W. Bush had another bust of Churchill in the Oval Office but, as the U.S.'s first African-American president, Obama decided he wanted one of Martin Luther King, he said.Johnson created a storm in Friday's Sun newspaper by repeating allegations about the bust of Churchill, Britain's World War II leader, while arguing that Obama should not interfere in the June 23 vote on Britain's EU membership.
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