Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

See how renovations at the White House are progressing

See how renovations at the White House are progressing

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

He is now in the middle of a 17-day "working vacation" at his private New Jersey golf club.

Despite criticism for taking a vacation, White House staff insist that this renovation was "dire".

Workers were also seen touching up steps on the South Lawn - cranes overhead - as carpets were removed from the West Wing.

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Furniture from the White House as well as other materials are being stored in temporary containers outside the West Wing as construction work continues.

It turns out this chaotic White House can't even get Fox News's former co-president, Bill Shine, to come aboard. Walls that once held photos were bare as moving pods were stationed on West Executive Drive between the West Wing and Eisenhower Executive Office Building. It wasn't clear why Trump is returning in the middle of his planned 17-day summer break, however.

President Donald Trump says he's planning a press conference Monday in Washington- though it's unclear what he plans to discuss. The New York Post reports that Shine has turned down the communications director job left vacant by Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted just 10 days before famously imploding in full public view.

The White House has been plagued with issues including ceiling leaks and a house-fly infestation, according to CNN.

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