Trump to make day trip to Washington during his vacation: White House

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'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.

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 number of West Wing workers have been moved to temporary workspaces in the Eisenhower Building.

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Though news sources quoted Trump as calling the White House "a real dump", the president denied that he ever said such a thing, while his spokesman said that he likes where he lives but has remarked before that the West Wing is somewhat run down. New carpet, curtains and paint are part of the work that is going on in just a part of the White House. Instead he will return to Washington Monday morning and fly back Monday evening, according to the schedule.

According to the New York Times, the overhaul will cost taxpayers about $3.4 million. Staffers have been working across the street at the Old Executive Office Building, Politico reported.

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