Workers could be seen coming and going from the White House where updates are underway including structural repairs to the wooden arbor in the Jackie Kennedy Garden, repairs to wood paneling and faux walls in the West Wing dining room, new plumbing in the Navy Mess kitchen, and the completion of a six year heating and cooling update the East Wing.
It’s typical for the White House to get routine work done while the president is away. Last summer, new carpet was installed, the South Portico steps were replaced, the Oval Office got a makeover, and updated furniture was brought into the White House.
The White House says all of the materials for this year’s facelift were “made in America.”
The General Services Administration, the agency tasked with supporting the infrastructure of federal agencies, said they will provide ABC News with estimates of the cost. Last year’s renovations cost taxpayers millions.
“It is a priority of President Trump’s to ensure safety on the White House Complex and continue to preserve the history of “The People’s House” for the next generation of Americans,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement. “Many of the renovations have been planned for several years and are critical to be completed now.”
On Monday, the White House said the Oval Office would be undergoing renovations, but it was not included on the full list of repairs sent out on Tuesday.
The White House did not respond to an inquiry from ABC News about what updates were being made to the president’s work space.