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Image: Parts Of The West Wing Within White House Undergo Renovations

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White House Gets a Face-Lift While Trump's Out of Town

The White House undergoes renovations while Trump is in New Jersey.

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Image: A worker reaches out of a window of the White House

A worker reaches out of a window during renovation work at the White House in Washington on Aug. 11, 2017.

The Government Services Administration is overseeing the two-week project. A new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is being installed in addition to renovations of the West Wing lower lobby, the IT system and the South Portico steps.

President Donald J. Trump has cited the renovations as a reason for his 'working vacation' that is planned for most of August in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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Image: Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Spicer looks out the window

Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer, who is continuing to work until the end of the month, looks out into the Rose Garden as he accompanies a media tour.

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Image: A uniformed U.S. Secret Service officer stands guard at the closed main entrance to the West Wing

A uniformed U.S. Secret Service officer stands guard at the closed main entrance to the West Wing.

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Image: The Oval Office sits empty and the walls covered with plastic sheeting

The Oval Office sits empty and the walls covered with plastic sheeting.

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Image: Former White House Press Secretary Spicer wraps himself in tape

Sean Spicer takes photos of the Oval Office, emptied of all furniture, carpet and other decor.

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Image: Construction workers lay carpet on a ramp

Construction workers lay carpet on a ramp from the West Wing offices to the White House colonnade.

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Image: Spicer checks his email outside the empty Oval Office during renovations at the White House in Washington

Sean Spicer checks his email as he stands amidst construction equipment outside the empty Oval Office.

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Image: Parts Of The West Wing Within White House Undergo Renovations

Construction cranes work to repair the South Portico steps.

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Image: Workmen prepare new carpeting for the West Wing of the White House

Workmen prepare new carpeting for the West Wing.

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Image: Renovations at the White House

Pods sit on West Executive Drive outside the West Wing.

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Image: Parts Of The West Wing Within White House Undergo Renovations

Workers repair the South Portico steps, which were rebuilt in 1952 and have not been repaired since.

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Image: Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Spicer stands outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington

Sean Spicer stands alone on West Executive Drive outside the West Wing during a press tour.

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