The White House Is Getting Renovated

With Trump on Vacation, a Sprucing Up for the West Wing

The Government Services Administration is overseeing the two-week project to update and fix the Oval Office and the working area of the White House. Workers are upgrading the heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and IT systems as well as making a number of cosmetic changes.

President Trump tweeted on Monday that he was "working hard from New Jersey while the White House goes through long planned renovation".

For the time being, West Wing staffers are working out of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door.

Deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters said the temperature control systems are functionally 81 years old, since they are used all the time in the capital, which gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

Donald Trump has been cleared out of the Oval Office - though not in the way MSNBC anchors might wish. A number of yellow walls and carpets put up during President Barack Obama's days will be replaced by a new palette of Trump's choosing, for example.

New granite curb is installed on the ground of the White House in front of the West Wing.

Construction started just before Trump and other White House staff left the West Wing last week.

The White House, which was rebuilt after being torched by the United Kingdom during the War of 1812, has undergone numerous rounds of renovations. It is unclear if he will visit the White House on his quick trip.

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