New Photos: The West Wing Gets a Brand New Look

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The White House West Wing received a major facelift while the president was out in August.

The renovations were first approved by the Obama administration, and the Trump administration put its stamp on the place, choosing updates to include the brand new wall paper in the West Wing, according to CNN.

"A lot of this was [President Donald Trump's] influence. He wanted to bring back the luster and the glory of the White House. He wanted to enhance a lot of things, for instance, the infrastructure. He was kind enough to leave for the vacation time period because it was really a working time," a White House official said. "It wasn't very easy but he definitely supported us in saying, let's get the HVAC ready, let's get the electrical supplies ready, let's fix those portico steps that have not been touched since Truman."

The work on the West Wing and exterior began after President Donald Trump left for Bedminster, N.J. earlier this month, and required a team of more than 200 people to complete the 17-day project.

The 200-year-old house greatly needed the $3.4 million renovation, according to White House officials. Work included updating the 27-year-old H.V.A.C. system, updating the building's IT systems, and repairing the South Portico steps for the first time since President Dwight D. Eisenhower—who served from 1953 to 1961—was in office.

The Roosevelt Room after renovations seen on Aug. 22, 2017 / Getty

 

The West Wing lobby after renovations seen on Aug. 22, 2017 / Getty

 

The Oval Office after renovations seen on Aug. 22, 2017 / Getty

 

A closer shot of the new wall paper in the Oval Office after renovations seen on Aug. 22, 2017 / Getty

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Rae-Lynn Raup Ziegler is the social media editor and outreach director of the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, she has worked for Rep. Bill Flores (R., Texas) and Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R., Texas) on Capitol Hill. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2008. Her twitter handle is @RaeLynnZiegler.

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