The White House is undergoing a major face-lift while Donald Trump stays at his New Jersey golf club.
The US president is mid-way through a 17-day stay at his Bedminster club while the renovations are carried out.
The Oval Office and other working quarters of the West Wing have been cleared of furniture while crews work on upgrades, including to the heating and air conditioning system. Lindsay Walters, a White House spokesman, said the system is 27 years old.
Workers also are fixing leaks, repairing the South Portico steps, renovating the Navy mess kitchen and West Wing lower lobby, and updating the IT system.
Sean Spicer, Mr Trump's outgoing press secretary was at the White House and appeared to be having fun.
Mr Trump was said to have been critical of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in a report earlier this month.
"That White House is a real dump," Golf.com claimed Mr Trump told members at his Bedminster golf club.
However, the president hit back, saying he was misquoted and slamming the report as "fake news".
"I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen. But Fake News said I called it a dump - TOTALLY UNTRUE," he said.
The president has been criticised for the multiple rounds of golf he has played since his inauguration - but insisted the Bedminster stay was no holiday.
During the presidential campaign, Mr Trump frequently criticised President Barack Obama for both playing too much golf and taking too many holidays.
To date, Mr Trump is reported to have spent 14 of 29 weekends in office away from the White House.