Trump, Melania Revamp White House Interiors
As Donald Trump was sworn-in as the President of the United States, he and the First Lady Melania Trump brought new style and taste to the White House. The United States Congress allocates $10 million for the First Family to use the money to make decorative changes to the White House, although they are not obligated to use it. But, within hours of their moving into the White House, the Trumps started giving a face-lift to their new home. The changes were first observed when Trump was sitting on the Resolute desk to sign the executive order on Obamacare and other memos.
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Here are the changes that the Trumps have already made.
- The Oval office, the official office of the President of the United States, was redecorated with golden-coloured curtains. The curtains were hung behind the Resolute desk. They replaced the crimson curtains that were present during Barack Obama's tenure.
- Trump also replaced the circular rug that featured quotes from leaders and former US presidents. The old rug was replaced by a sunburst gold and yellow rug with garland edges.
- Reportedly, the couches have also been replaced as they now appear in brocade and the old grey suede no longer exists.
- Trump also reintroduced a Winston Churchill bust that was earlier removed by Obama and replaced with a bust of Martin Luther King Jr.
What changes the First Family can actually make
- The First Family can redecorate the living spaces which are located on the top two floors of the 132-room building. They can repaint rooms and choose their furniture, bedding and wall decorations. Usually, the First Lady decides the décor. For the First Lady to choose from, the White House storage facility has a huge collection of artwork and furniture collected by former presidents. Reportedly, Melania met the White House curator and the chief usher for the decorative plans on January 3.
- While they can completely redecorate the living quarters, they cannot make any changes in the historical rooms like the Lincoln Bedroom or the Green room and the state dining room, without taking the permission from the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.
- The Trumps cannot make any structural changes to the White house building; however, they can make some unique additions if they wish to. Some past presidents have made some unique additions such as Obama made the tennis court adapted so could also be used as a basketball court and the Kennedys added a swimming pool.