White House renovations underway while president 's away

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A worker hung out of a window of the White House during renovation work.

The renovations are estimated to take about two weeks and cost $3.4 million it "includes replacing the air-conditioning and heating system and installing new cables and wires, fresh paint and new carpets".

The White House has got the builders in for its first major renovation in more than six decades.

Furniture from the White House as well as other materials are being stored in temporary containers outside the West Wing as construction work continues.

Signs of the renovations have dotted the White House for much of the last seven days.

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Workers lay out new carpeting in the hallway between the Lower and Upper Press Offices.

Trump plans to remain on his working vacation until later this month, when he returns to the White House and prepares for a crucial September that is stacked with deadlines and legislative priorities.

According to one account, Trump told staffers and members of his New Jersey golf resort that his new home is "a real dump" - a remark he later denied making.

Donald Trump has been cleared out of the Oval Office - though not in the way MSNBC anchors might wish. It is unclear if he will visit the White House on his quick trip.

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