Photos: See how renovations at the White House are progressing
12 August, 2017, 07:07
It is the nerve center of American power.
As President Donald Trump enjoys a 17-day working vacation in New Jersey, the West Wing of the White House is undergoing extensive, around-the-clock renovations.
Just an hour after Air Force One took off for New Jersey last Friday, the Oval Office had been cleared of furniture and, since then, West Wing staffers have been relocated as construction workers have flooded in.
It also houses the offices of the president's closest advisers, the White House press corps and the briefing room.
New granite curb is installed on the ground of the White House in front of the West Wing.
But a White House official told CNN that Trump is scheduled to fly back to Washington on Monday for a brief trip. In their place are painters, plumbers and construction workers. The renovation will not only be structural, but cosmetic as well, with plans to change some West Wing's walls and carpets.
Portions of the West Wing of the White House are undergoing a long-planned renovation this month. The project was approved during the Obama administration.
The Oval Office is empty - the armchairs where foreign leaders have sat, couches, tables and even the legendary Resolute Desk, under which Caroline Kennedy hid as a child, have all been moved out.
He is now in the middle of a 17-day "working vacation" at his private New Jersey golf club.
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