Renovations underway at the White House

12 August, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • The White House is now a disaster... by design

Trump is now on vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey because the West Wing is being renovated, that gives us a rare chance to see a completely stripped down Oval Office, courtesy of our friend, Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason.

Apart from plastic sheeting on the walls, a couple of fans and some cables popping out of the hardwood floor, that is.

Though news sources quoted Trump as calling the White House "a real dump", the president denied that he ever said such a thing, while his spokesman said that he likes where he lives but has remarked before that the West Wing is somewhat run down.

No reason for the Monday trip to Washington from New York City was immediately provided.

Officials did not say why the president would be making the trip to the White House, where the Oval Office is undergoing routine renovations.

Crews have stripped the Oval Office, laid new carpet, spruced up the paint and carried out other renovations.

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A worker hung out of a window of the White House during renovation work.

"These huge maintenance projects are not atypical", said Betty Monkman, a White House curator from 1967 to 2002, according to The Times.

Cranes were positioned in front of the South Portico. But starting this week, West Wing officials packed up their belongings for the move to the Eisenhower building, where they crowded into unfamiliar office suites and competed for limited conference room space in their makeshift home. The renovation will not only be structural, but cosmetic as well, with plans to change some West Wing's walls and carpets.

Late this week, some White House officials wandered the vast halls, trying to locate unfamiliar temporary offices or searching for meetings in various conference rooms.

Workers measure and cut new carpeting in the driveway outside the West Wing.

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