White House's West Wing getting a makeover

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Construction cranes work to repair the South Portico steps

Other improvements include: refurbishing the Navy mess kitchen, the building's lower lobby, the information technology system and other cosmetic upgrades such as carpet replacements.

Trump had been set to arrive in New York City Sunday to hold "internal meetings" at Trump Tower for two days.

The renovation comes as Trump takes a "working vacation" at his property in Bedminster, N.J.

Officials did not say why the president would be making the trip to the White House, where the Oval Office is undergoing routine renovations.

Storage containers lined the driveway.

Deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters said the temperature control systems are functionally 81 years old, since they are used all the time in the capital, which gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

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

South Portico steps on the South Lawn are also being restored for the first time since President Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House.

Despite criticism for taking a vacation, White House staff insist that this renovation was "dire".

In 1902, Teddy Roosevelt created what would later become the famous West Wing.

New granite curb is installed on the ground of the White House in front of the West Wing.

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