See the White House as a construction zone

With Trump on Vacation, a Sprucing Up for the West Wing

With Trump on Vacation, a Sprucing Up for the West Wing

The renovations, which were approved during President Barack Obama's administration, will include an overhaul of the White House's heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system, as well upgrades to the building's IT system, mess hall, and outdoor spaces.

President Donald Trump left the White House on August 4 and headed to his golf resort in New Jersey for a 17-day working vacation, while a White House crew immediately got to work on the West Wing, reports The New York Times.

A Secret Service agent unlocked a service entrance to the Oval Office.

A worker hung out of a window of the White House during renovation work.

A major refurbishment is under way in the White House, ordered by US President Donald Trump while he takes an extended holiday.

A sign in the Palm Room of the White House in Washington alerted visitors as the West Wing is undergoing renovations.

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

He will move from his suburban New Jersey golf club on Sunday to spend time at Trump Tower in New York City.

"These huge maintenance projects are not atypical", said Betty Monkman, a White House curator from 1967 to 2002, according to The Times. Staffers have been working across the street at the Old Executive Office Building, Politico reported.