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

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

Trump's August vacation to his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, comes at a time when the White House is undergoing some long-planned renovations.

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

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.

"I doubt that you would want to come to work on a hot summer day when the air-conditioning wasn't working", Walters said, noting that the state of the machines are "in a system where it's dire", according to The Times. The renovation will not only be structural, but cosmetic as well, with plans to change some West Wing's walls and carpets.

WASHINGTON DC- AUGUST 11 The Oval Office sits empty and the walls covered with plastic sheeting during renovation work at the White House
Image Plastic sheets line the walls while renovations get underway

Other recurring problems include leaks in the ceiling and a chronic house fly infestation, according to CNN. And while the president is away, the White House's West Wing is getting an face-lift.

Workmen prepared new carpeting for the West Wing.

The White House, which was rebuilt after being torched by the United Kingdom during the War of 1812, has undergone numerous rounds of renovations. Staffers have been working across the street at the Old Executive Office Building, Politico reported. It is unclear if he will visit the White House on his quick trip.

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