The White House is undergoing several renovations in the next couple weeks as President Trump vacations in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to USA Today.
USA Today reported Monday that White House staff has been moved to the nearby executive building while the the changes take place.
Trump spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told reporters last week the list of repairs includes replacing the White House’s air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems.
Walters added that workers will also restore the South Portico’s steps and make repairs to the Navy mess kitchen and the lower lobby.
“I don’t think any of you would like to be in the West Wing on an August D.C. summer day when it’s over 100 degrees with no air conditioning,” she said.
Some Twitter users on Monday said that the renovations are evidence Trump is not truly vacationing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.
President Trump is working in NJ while they do construction and needed renovations at the White House. Research sometimes.— ZiffyKat ♥️s Trump (@ZiffyKat) August 7, 2017
Other people on the social media platform voiced skepticism about the motives behind Trump’s absence from Washington, D.C.
I was just thinking about that. "I never said the White House is a dump!" Next day: major renovations. Yeah okay.— $@®-ųђ (@Greeneyeliner) August 7, 2017
If there were planned renovations to the White House, why not announce that at same time as vacay announcement? Why wait 'til after?— Dragon0131 (@dragon0131) August 7, 2017
The New York Times reported last week that the new air conditioning and heating systems were originally tapped for installation in 2014.
The General Services Administration (GSA) reportedly did not finalize plans for the work until spring 2016, however.
Former President Barack Obama’s administration then decided against launching the project, leaving it for his successor’s staff.
Trump on Monday opened the 200th day of his presidency in Bedminster, where he will spend the next two weeks.
The president also tweeted an explanation of his travels outside D.C. amid media scrutiny of his golfing and trips to his private properties.
“Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation,” he wrote. “Going to New York next week for more meetings.”
Many media members have criticized Trump’s vacationing, citing his past attacks on Obama for similar ventures.
Many past presidents have spent time away from Washington during the August recess for Congress.