Now that Donald Trump is set to enter the White House, Obama’s removed plans to carry out a major renovation that would modernize security in the Oval Office.
But here’s Obama behind the scenes, as reported by The New York Post:
President Obama is apparently refusing to renovate the Oval Office — and has instead decided to pass the buck to Donald Trump, who may be forced to work somewhere else for a quarter of his term as a result of the numerous security upgrades that will be going on inside the room.
The word comes from Fox News contributor Karl Rove, who worked in the Oval Office as Senior Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff under former President Bush.
“My understanding is that for the first year of his time in office, President Trump will not have the Oval Office,” Rove said on Fox News on Wednesday.
“President Obama could have told the Secret Service, ‘I know you want to modernize the Oval Office with security enhancements—literally strip it down to the bare walls and build it back up so we’ve got bulletproof glass and so forth and so on, security arrangements in it, in my last year in office,’ but instead he said, ‘Why don’t you do that [with] whoever comes next.’”
Rove further elaborated about where Trump could end up working, because of the forestalled security enhancements.
“My understanding is, [Trump] will spend most of his first year using Richard Nixon’s old office in the Old Executive Office Building across Executive Drive and up the Navy steps,” Rove said.
Of course, Rove isn’t taking into account that Trump may have plans to have the Oval Office gold-encrusted, as is his preference, and can now stay at the newly opened Trump International Hotel.
This isn’t the first time Democrats pulled something with the White House.
This is from the last days of the Clinton White House via ABC News:
Former President Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, have sent $28,000 worth of household goods back to Washington after questions arose over whether the items were intended as personal gifts or donations to the White House.
“We have been informed that it is being shipped back, and the National Park Service is ready to receive it, take possession of it and take custody of it,” Jim McDaniel, the National Park Service’s liaison to the White House, said Wednesday.
Let’s get it together, politicians. The time for pettiness is beyond us. The majority of the American people may not agree with everything Trump will say or do in office, but the overwhelming majority believe he will be the legitimate president.
Let’s hope they put this pettiness aside and just get the renovations done.