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Report: Trump Requests Visit to Churchill's WWII Bunker

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By    |   Sunday, 11 Feb 2018 05:11 PM

President Donald Trump has requested to visit the London underground bunker British prime minister Winston Churchill used during World War II to plot Adolf Hitler’s demise, the Sunday Times reports.

Trump, who is scheduled to visit the U.K. in early October, was inspired by the war film, "Darkest Hour," which details Churchill's early days as prime minister when Nazi Germany swept across Western Europe threatening to defeat the U.K.

The president, according to the Sunday Times, reportedly recommended the Oscar-nominated film to British Prime Minister Theresa May during a phone conversation the two had in December.

British sources told the Times they believe the visit is "plausible," but planning for it is in the preliminary stages. Trump has long been a fan of Churchill, and one of his first acts as president was to restore a bust of the former prime minister to the Oval Office.

The Cabinet War Rooms were first opened to the public by Margaret Thatcher in 1984. Visitors "can walk the labyrinth of rooms and corridors below Westminster that sheltered Winston Churchill and his war cabinet from the German bombing raids."

Churchill, who was prime minister from 1940 to 1945 and again between 1951 and 1955, refused to surrender to Germany. He gave stirring speeches from the bunker during the war, and persuaded U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt to supply ammunition, guns, planes and tanks to the Allies.

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Trump, who is scheduled to visit the U.K. in early October, was inspired by the war film, "Darkest Hour," which details Churchill's early days as prime minister when Nazi Germany swept across Western Europe threatening to defeat the U.K.
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