White House Gets a Face-Lift While Trump's Out of Town

White House Gets a Face-Lift While Trump's Out of Town

White House Gets a Face-Lift While Trump's Out of Town

Renovations will take more than two weeks and cost an estimated $3.4 million to add fresh paint, replace old carpets, switch out the air conditioners and heaters, and perform some routine maintenance in the old building.

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

Workmen prepared new carpeting for the West Wing.

The White House is being renovated while Trump is away, and the Oval Office is being refurbished.

According to one account, Trump told staffers and members of his New Jersey golf resort that his new home is "a real dump" - a remark he later denied making.

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

The Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House underwent renovations.

Workers were also seen touching up steps on the South Lawn - cranes overhead - as carpets were removed from the West Wing.

Furniture from the White House as well as other materials are being stored in temporary containers outside the West Wing as construction work continues.

"These huge maintenance projects are not atypical", said Betty Monkman, a White House curator from 1967 to 2002, according to The Times. His advisers have temporarily moved to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building - adjacent to the White House.

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