White House's West Wing getting a makeover

WASHINGTON DC- AUGUST 11 The Oval Office sits empty and the walls covered with plastic sheeting during renovation work at the White House

Image Trump has decamped to his golf club in New Jersey during the makeover

Trump's vacation comes as the West Wing of the White House goes through some long-planned renovations to update the air-conditioning system, fix leaks in the roof and make other repairs.

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

President Donald Trump left the White House on August 4 and headed to his golf resort in New Jersey for a 17-day working vacation, while a White House crew immediately got to work on the West Wing, reports The New York Times. 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.

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The project at the West Wing includes work on the Oval Office.

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A Secret Service agent unlocked a service entrance to the Oval Office. Politico said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't immediately return requests for comment. A number of yellow walls and carpets put up during President Barack Obama's days will be replaced by a new palette of Trump's choosing, for example.

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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 from the West Wing, who stayed in Washington, have been working at the Old Executive Office Building across the street from the White House. New carpet, curtains and paint are part of the work that is going on in just a part of the White House. It is unclear if he will visit the White House on his quick trip.

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