White House's West Wing getting a makeover

  • White House's West Wing getting a makeover

White House's West Wing getting a makeover

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.

Trump has cited the renovations as a reason for his "working vacation" that is planned for most of August in Bedminster, New Jersey.

According to one account, Trump told staffers and members of his New Jersey golf resort that his new home is "a real dump" - a remark he later denied making.

The Oval Office and Situation Room, where the US President meets aides in times of crisis, as well as other offices in the West Wing are among areas being redecorated.

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.

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

All of the carpeting in the West Wing is to be replaced - at a cost of $1.17m (£903,800).

Cranes were positioned in front of the South Portico.

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

Carpet is unloaded off a truck at the West Wing.