While Trump is away the contractors play

Caroline Kennedy and Kerry Kennedy beneath the Resolute desk in the Oval Office in 1963
Caroline Kennedy and Kerry Kennedy beneath the Resolute desk in the Oval Office in 1963

Trump just wrapped up a 17 day vacation spent mostly at his Bedminster golf club. But the White House didn’t exactly quite down in his absence.

The presidential mansion is getting “a massive renovation” that is “more out of necessity than cosmetic,” a White House spokesperson told Town & Country.

On August 4, work began on the Oval Office. Within a day workers emptied the iconic room and removed the Resolute desk. The next week, the room had been covered in plastic sheeting. Here is what we know happened, according to Town and Country.

The Oval office
The Oval office
  • Refurbishing cracked stairs leading into the White House from the South Lawn, which have not been restored in 64 years
  • Performing exterior electricity upgrades, power-washing, and resurfacing an exterior door
  • Upgrading the 27-year-old HVAC system, which runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That use makes it effectively 81 years old, the White House spokesman said.
  • Fixing leaks in the lower press area of the West Wing
  • Renovating the kitchen of the Navy Mess
  • Painting and renovating to freshen up the colors and switching out curtains and carpets
  • Removing temporary stairs by the press briefing room

Shockingly the words, “gold,” “gilding,” “marble” and brass are absent from the list of upgrades. Renovations wrap up on August 20.

Sports Illustrated recently reported that Trump called the White House “a real dump.” Trump, of course, denied the claims, screaming fake news.

[T&C]