White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

President Trump tweeted on Monday that he was “working hard from New Jersey while the White House goes through long planned renovation.” While the “working hard” part may be up for debate given his empty schedule, at least one game of golf and appearance at a wedding over the weekend, the portion about construction in the capital is indeed true.

Workers began a $3.4 million project to fix up the White House last week, according to the New York Times. They’re expected to improve the air-conditioning system, which the General Services Administration has said is “well past its life cycle and will fail in the near future without intervention,” as well as repaint and put in new cables. As of Friday, CNN reported there were already storage units filled with items from the West Wing out near the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

The updates aren’t unusual, considering the mansion’s age. The White House was built in the 1790s, burned in 1814 and reconstructed in 1817. Its first major makeover in modern times came in 1948, under President Harry Truman. Shortly after Truman’s reconstruction of the structure and addition of the sub-basement, President John F. Kennedy and his wife also redecorated the White House. The Clintons, too, oversaw an overhaul, one that the Times reported left rooms “laden with swags and velvets and juxtaposing patterns.” (AP)

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White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

Cranes are positioned in front of the South Portico of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer shows his ID to a Uniformed Secret Service officer as he enters the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during renovations at the White House. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

A sign in the Palm Room of the White House in Washington alerts visitors as the West Wing is undergoing renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

Storage containers line the driveway as the West Wing of the White House in Washington goes through renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

The hardwood floor of the Oval Office is resurfaced as the West Wing of the White House in Washington undergoes renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

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. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

The Roosevelt Room in the the West Wing of the White House is undergoing renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

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. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

Workmen carry carpet into the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

Cranes are positioned in front of the South Portico of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

A Secret Service agent unlocks a service entrance to the Oval Office as the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, as renovations continue while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

Workmen wait for outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

Workmen install new carpet in 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. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

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. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

With a Uniformed Secret Service officer standing watch, storage containers line the driveway as the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, as it goes through renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House renovations unfold while Trump stays at golf resort

A sign alerts visitors at a West Wing entrance of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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