A look inside the White House construction

A look inside the White House construction

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

The renovations are estimated to take about two weeks and cost $3.4 million it "includes replacing the air-conditioning and heating system and installing new cables and wires, fresh paint and new carpets".

While President Donald Trump spends much of August in New Jersey on a "working vacation", the White House is undergoing repairs and renovations.

Deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters said the temperature control systems are functionally 81 years old, since they are used all the time in the capital, which gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter.


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

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. A White House official told CNN that the East Wing of the White House will also undergo improvements. His advisers have temporarily moved to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building - adjacent to the White House.

"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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