Friday, 23 February, 2018

White House's West Wing getting a makeover

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Construction cranes work to repair the South Portico steps Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Construction cranes work to repair the South Portico steps
Christy Curtis | 13 August, 2017, 00:44

Trump says he is on a "work vacation" while the White House undergoes repairs.

The renovations, which were approved during President Barack Obama's administration, will include an overhaul of the White House's heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system, as well upgrades to the building's IT system, mess hall, and outdoor spaces. Politico said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't immediately return requests for comment.

A number of West Wing workers have been moved to temporary workspaces in the Eisenhower Building.

The $3.4 million renovation was planned well before President Trump took office and is expected to take about two weeks, according to the New York Times.

Donald Trump has been cleared out of the Oval Office - though not in the way MSNBC anchors might wish.

Workmen installed new carpet in the West Wing. And while the president is away, the White House's West Wing is getting an face-lift. New carpet, curtains and paint are part of the work that is going on in just a part of the White House.

The White House, which was rebuilt after being torched by the United Kingdom during the War of 1812, has undergone numerous rounds of renovations.

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

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