President Trump reportedly told members of his
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton responded with a tweet supporting the presidential mansion's staff soon after Trump's remarks in a Sports Illustrated story were posted online by golf.com.
When asked for comment on the president's reported remarks, a White House responded, "The president has spoken in the past about what an honor and privilege it is to live and work here at the White House. He has spoken very highly of the White House and I'd refer you to those other comments."
As it turns out, regardless of whether the president is happy with the current state of the White House, the presidential mansion is about to undergo major renovations this month, from August 4 through 20. A White House spokesperson tells Town & Country that this is "a massive renovation" that is "more out of necessity than cosmetic."
The work, which will be carried out by the , includes:
- Refurbishing cracked stairs leading into the White House from the South Lawn, which have not been restored in 64 years
- Performing exterior electricity upgrades, power-washing, and resurfacing an exterior door
- Upgrading the HVAC system, which is 27 years old and runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Fixing leaks in the lower press area of the West Wing
- Renovating the kitchen of the Navy Mess
- Painting and renovating to freshen up the colors and switching out curtains
- Removing temporary stairs by the press briefing room
While renovations typically take place in August when presidents traditionally take vacations, this one "is definitely a much larger overhaul," the White House spokesman said. "Many of the existing systems are in dire need of repair and replacement, which is why this renovation is so crucial. The GSA teams will be working around the clock to complete these projects; they're preparing to have people here 24/7."
In addition, in a move that is not typical of regular annual renovations, West Wing staffers who are not planning to travel with the president during this time are being relocated to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
This work, the spokesman said, was approved under the Obama administration. They are known as the "West Wing Phase Two Renovations" because they follow an initial renovation that was completed in 2012.
While the White House has not officially announced the president's vacation plans and the spokesman declined to confirm them to Town & Country on Wednesday afternoon, a temporary flight restriction (TFR) recently shows that there will be VIP activity in the Bedminster region from August 3 to 20, and similar TFRs have coincided with Trump's visits to the club in the past.