Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

White House renovations underway while president 's away

The hardwood floor of the Oval Office was resurfaced J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press The hardwood floor of the Oval Office was resurfaced
Wilma Wheeler | 13 August, 2017, 00:35

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

The renovation comes as Trump takes a "working vacation" at his property in Bedminster, N.J.

Trump says he is on a "work vacation" while the White House undergoes repairs. "They don't happen every year, but they do happen on a periodic basis because of the needs of an old building, and particularly in the West Wing, a very dense office space", said Betty Monkman, a White House curator from 1967 to 2002. Politico said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't immediately return requests for comment.

A Secret Service agent unlocked a service entrance to the Oval Office.

Workmen installed new carpet in the West Wing.

South Portico steps on the South Lawn are also being restored for the first time since President Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House.

A worker reaches out of a window during renovation work at the White House in Washington on August 11, 2017.

Just an hour after Air Force One took off for New Jersey last Friday, the Oval Office had been cleared of furniture and, since then, West Wing staffers have been relocated as construction workers have flooded in.

In 1902, Teddy Roosevelt created what would later become the famous West Wing.

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