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Oval office renovation

Oval office renovation

The Oval Office was blocked off for renovation on August 11, 2017.Jim Bourg/ReutersThe White House is undergoing major renovations while President Donald Trump spends 17 days away, mostly at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort.

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

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. 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.

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The White House is now a disaster.by design. A White House official, however, clarified that the president has remarked that the West Wing was in poor condition.

The $3.4 million renovation was planned well before President Trump took office and is expected to take about two weeks, according to the New York Times.

Workers were also seen touching up steps on the South Lawn - cranes overhead - as carpets were removed from the West Wing.

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Storage containers lined the driveway.

Despite criticism for taking a vacation, White House staff insist that this renovation was "dire". Walls that once held photos were bare as moving pods were stationed on West Executive Drive between the West Wing and Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

A sign in the Palm Room of the White House in Washington alerted visitors as the West Wing is undergoing renovations.

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

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