Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

See how renovations at the White House are progressing

See how renovations at the White House are progressing

A new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is being installed in addition to renovations of the West Wing lower lobby, the IT system and the South Portico steps.

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

Other improvements include: refurbishing the Navy mess kitchen, the building's lower lobby, the information technology system and other cosmetic upgrades such as carpet replacements.

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

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.

Despite criticism for taking a vacation, White House staff insist that this renovation was "dire".

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

Trump had been set to arrive in New York City Sunday to hold "internal meetings" at Trump Tower for two days. And while the president is away, the White House's West Wing is getting an face-lift. It is unclear if he will visit the White House on his quick trip. "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".

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