Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Millions of dollars in renovations to White House wrapping up

Millions of dollars in renovations to White House wrapping up

It is the nerve center of American power. "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.

A Secret Service agent checked on the Oval Office of the White House.

Workmen installed new carpet in the West Wing.

President Trump may in New Jersey for a 17-day vacation, but the White House has been humming with activity in his absence as it undergoes a series of renovations.

President Donald Trump and his inner circle have decamped.

Trump is vacationing at his golf club resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The tour included a stop in the Oval Office, its wall covered in plastic and the traditional carpet removed, exposing tricolor parquet floors. His close aides have temporarily moved to the adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Workers are upgrading the heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and IT systems as well as making a number of cosmetic changes.

The Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House underwent renovations. The project was approved during the Obama administration.

Workmen prepared new carpeting for the West Wing. A fresh coat of paint will add another $275,000 to the bill.

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