Trump staffer tweets photo of White House renovations kicking off

Posted on: August 5th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Now that President Trump has left the White House and kicked off his 17-day getaway to his golf course in New Jersey, renovations at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are going full-steam ahead.

Dan Scavino Jr., the president’s director of social media, tweeted on Friday a photo of an empty Oval Office with a stepladder near the fireplace.

Renovations underway at the @WhiteHouse. One hour after Air Force One is wheels up🛫the Oval Office is empty. West Wing is clearing out now.

— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) August 5, 2017

As ABC News previously reported, the West Wing will be cleared out for several weeks for repairs.

Work has already begun on White House grounds to replace the 27-year-old heating and cooling system, the second stage of a renovation that started under the Obama administration.

Other work includes painting and new carpeting in the West Wing and refurbishments in the Oval Office. All of the renovations will be conducted by General Service Administration designers.

Trump took to Twitter Wednesday night to deny a report that while speaking with members at the Trump National Golf Club, he said the White House is a “dump.”

I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen. But Fake News said I called it a dump – TOTALLY UNTRUE

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2017

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