Every president-elect dreams of sitting in the Oval Office. The Oval Office is THE place where things happen, where decisions are made by the most powerful leaders in the world including US President Barack Obama. But now, it appears that the new president-elect Donald Trump will not get the chance to set foot in the Oval – for now. According to The New York Post reports, instead of renovating the Oval Office during his tenure, President Obama has instead decided to pass the buck to Donald Trump, who may be forced to work somewhere else for a quarter of his term now as a result of the numerous security upgrades that will be going on inside the room.
“My understanding is that for the first year of his time in office, President Trump will not have the Oval Office,” former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove told Fox News.
Mr Obama could have told the Secret Service, “I know you want to modernise the Oval Office with security enhancements — literally strip it down to the bare walls and build it back up so we’ve got bullet proof 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.’”
The New York Post reports that according to Mr Rove, Mr Trump will likely have to spend up to a quarter of his term working out of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building across the street from the presidential seat of power — which is where President Richard Nixon recorded some his infamous White House tapes.
“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,” Mr Rove said.
The decision to not renovate the Oval Office may ultimately come as a surprise to some, seeing as Mr Obama chose to redecorate the room completely in 2010 — adorning it with big, cushy sofas and striped wallpaper.
“It [looked] much more comfortable and less intimidating,” Elle Decor editor-in-chief Michael Boodro said at the time.