The White House is undergoing a major face-lift while Donald Trump stays at his New Jersey golf club. The Oval Office sits empty and the walls covered with plastic sheeting during renovation work at the White House August 11, 2017 in Washington, DC Credit: Getty The US president is mid-way through a 17-day stay at his Bedminster club while the renovations are carried out. Construction cranes on the South Lawn of the White House looking towards the South Portico in Washington, DC is undergoing renovations Credit: Alamy The Oval Office and other working quarters of the West Wing have been cleared of furniture while crews work on upgrades, including to the heating and air conditioning system. Lindsay Walters, a White House spokesman, said the system is 27 years old. A worker hangs out of a window of the White House during renovation work at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 11 August 2017 Credit: EPA Workers also are fixing leaks, repairing the South Portico steps, renovating the Navy mess kitchen and West Wing lower lobby, and updating the IT system. A piece of furniture with an attached 'PANIC' button sits in the Roosevelt Room during rennovation work at the White House August 11, 2017 in Washington, DC Credit: Getty Sean Spicer, Mr Trump's outgoing press secretary was at the White House and appeared to be having fun. Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer stands alone on West Executive Drive outside the West Wing (Rear) during a press tour of renovations at the White House in Washington, U.S. August 11, 2017 Credit: Reuters Mr Trump was said to have been critical of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in a report earlier this month. The Roosevelt Room is seen as renovations are underway at the White House, in Washington, D.C. on August 11, 2017. While President Trump is in New Jersey on a 17-day vacation workers are updating and repairing the West Wing, including structural repairs, IT and HVAC improvements and generic cosmetic upgrades Credit: Barcroft Media "That White House is a real dump," Golf.com claimed Mr Trump told members at his Bedminster golf club. A U.S. National Park Service gardener carries plants from a truck for planting at the White House in Washington Credit: Reuters However, the president hit back, saying he was misquoted and slamming the report as "fake news". A Secret Service agent checks on the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, as the West Wing of the White House in Washington is undergoing renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey Credit: AP "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," he said. A U.S. National Park Service gardener works in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington Credit: Reuters The president has been criticised for the multiple rounds of golf he has played since his inauguration – but insisted the Bedminster stay was no holiday. Workmen prepare new carpeting for the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, as it undergoes renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey Credit: AP During the presidential campaign, Mr Trump frequently criticised President Barack Obama for both playing too much golf and taking too many holidays. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer stands in the doorway to the Palm Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during renovations to the West Wing Credit: AP To date, Mr Trump is reported to have spent 14 of 29 weekends in office away from the White House. A sign in the Palm Room warns of the closure of the West Wing of the White House due to construction during renovations in Washington Credit: Reuters
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