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White House under renovation

The Oval Office of the White House sits emptied of all furniture, carpet and other decor during renovations at the White House in Washington. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

The Oval Office of the White House sits emptied of all furniture, carpet and other decor during renovations at the White House in Washington. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

The Oval Office of the White House sits emptied of all furniture, carpet and other decor during renovations at the White House in Washington. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer wraps himself in tape as he takes photos of the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer wraps himself in tape as he takes photos of the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer wraps himself in tape as he takes photos of the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Construction cranes are set up while President Donald Trump is away on vacation from the White House. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Construction cranes are set up while President Donald Trump is away on vacation from the White House. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Construction cranes are set up while President Donald Trump is away on vacation from the White House. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Construction workers pull new rolls of carpet out of a truck to take them into the West Wing offices. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Construction workers pull new rolls of carpet out of a truck to take them into the West Wing offices. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Construction workers pull new rolls of carpet out of a truck to take them into the West Wing offices. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Construction workers lay carpet on a ramp from the West Wing offices to the White House colonnade. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Construction workers lay carpet on a ramp from the West Wing offices to the White House colonnade. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Construction workers lay carpet on a ramp from the West Wing offices to the White House colonnade. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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A uniformed Secret Service officer stands guard at the closed main entrance to the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A uniformed Secret Service officer stands guard at the closed main entrance to the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A uniformed Secret Service officer stands guard at the closed main entrance to the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Construction storage pods are staged along West Executive Drive beside the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Construction storage pods are staged along West Executive Drive beside the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Construction storage pods are staged along West Executive Drive beside the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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The Oval Office of the White House is seen through a ventilation hole in temporary construction walls. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

The Oval Office of the White House is seen through a ventilation hole in temporary construction walls. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

The Oval Office of the White House is seen through a ventilation hole in temporary construction walls. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Construction workers carry out their work. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Construction workers carry out their work. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Construction workers carry out their work. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Construction workers carry out their work. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Construction workers carry out their work. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Construction workers carry out their work. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer jokingly checks the temperature on a very old thermometer mounted outside the windows of the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer jokingly checks the temperature on a very old thermometer mounted outside the windows of the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer jokingly checks the temperature on a very old thermometer mounted outside the windows of the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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A thermometer is seen mounted just outside the windows of the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A thermometer is seen mounted just outside the windows of the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A thermometer is seen mounted just outside the windows of the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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A U.S. National Park Service gardener carries plants from a truck for planting. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A U.S. National Park Service gardener carries plants from a truck for planting. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A U.S. National Park Service gardener carries plants from a truck for planting. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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A U.S. National Park Service gardener works in the Rose Garden. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A U.S. National Park Service gardener works in the Rose Garden. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A U.S. National Park Service gardener works in the Rose Garden. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Construction materials and equipment are seen staged inside the historic Roosevelt Room in the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Construction materials and equipment are seen staged inside the historic Roosevelt Room in the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Construction materials and equipment are seen staged inside the historic Roosevelt Room in the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer stands alone on West Executive Drive outside the West Wing (rear). REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer stands alone on West Executive Drive outside the West Wing (rear). REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer stands alone on West Executive Drive outside the West Wing (rear). REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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A U.S. Secret Service officer (L) escorts members of the media from the Rose Garden into the Palm Room past construction warning signs. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A U.S. Secret Service officer (L) escorts members of the media from the Rose Garden into the Palm Room past construction warning signs. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A U.S. Secret Service officer (L) escorts members of the media from the Rose Garden into the Palm Room past construction warning signs. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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A U.S. Secret Service technical officer locks the door of the temporary construction wall around the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A U.S. Secret Service technical officer locks the door of the temporary construction wall around the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

A U.S. Secret Service technical officer locks the door of the temporary construction wall around the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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CNN cameraman Peter Morris films at the closed main entrance to the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

CNN cameraman Peter Morris films at the closed main entrance to the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

CNN cameraman Peter Morris films at the closed main entrance to the West Wing. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer looks out the window into the Rose Garden with the White House colonnade behind him as he accompanies a media tour during renovations at the White House. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer looks out the window into the Rose Garden with the White House colonnade behind him as he accompanies a media tour during renovations at the White House. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer looks out the window into the Rose Garden with the White House colonnade behind him as he accompanies a media tour during renovations at the White House. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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