While President Donald Trump is on vacation, he’s taking his out-of-office status as an opportunity to order for some major renovations at the White House. Trump is reportedly spending a whopping 17 days summering at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, so workers have hit the ground running to spruce up 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue before his return. Most presidents redecorate when they move in—as it is their residence for the duration of their term in office, after all. However, Trump’s updates go beyond the decor, which should come as no surprise, after he reportedly called the White House “a real dump.” Here is what we know so far about the changes Donald Trump has called for.
First up was the removal of the Resolute desk, tweeted out by White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr. He even added a link to information about the iconic piece of furniture as reference. Fingers crossed that one makes it back into the building post-reno.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) August 5, 2017
Quickly, the iconic oval office was completely emptied of all furniture and the walls were shrouded in plastic sheeting, suggesting the walls—at very least—will remain as they currently look.
A representative for the White House reported to Town and Country that this particular renovation “is definitely a much larger overhaul [than in the past],” going on to say that it is “more out of necessity than cosmetic,” though we have our doubts. What’s more, it’s not coming cheap, as the magazine also reported that the carpet replacement in the West Wing alone is going to cost more than $1.17 million. And painting that same area will come close to $275,000.