The White House like you've never seen it

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 11, 2017

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

As President Donald Trump enjoys a 17-day working vacation in New Jersey, the West Wing of the White House is undergoing extensive, around-the-clock renovations.

The tour included a stop in the Oval Office, its wall covered in plastic and the traditional carpet removed, exposing tricolor parquet floors.

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. The renovation will not only be structural, but cosmetic as well, with plans to change some West Wing's walls and carpets.

White House renovation
Construction crews are busy at the White House as they work on renovating the West Wing

The White House has been plagued with issues including ceiling leaks and a house-fly infestation, according to CNN.

Trump says he is on a "work vacation" while the White House undergoes repairs. He will move from his suburban New Jersey golf club on Sunday to spend time at Trump Tower in New York City. A spokesperson said the 27-year-old system was "well past its life cycle and will fail in the near future without intervention". When President Barack Obama was told in the spring of 2016 that the renovation could last until the fall of 2016, he and his team made a decision to leave it to the next administration.

White House officials, including outgoing White House press secretary Sean Spicer, gave reporters a brief tour of the West Wing as contractors worked to revamp the West Wing before Trump returns later this month.

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