Donald Trump is expected to be unable to assume his duties in the Oval Office, relegated to working across the street for about a quarter of his four-year term, The New York Post reports, citing comments from former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove.
The office is due for security upgrades, which have been planned for a while but President Obama apparently doesn’t want to deal with it during what’s left of his term.
“My understanding is that for the first year of his time in office, President Trump will not have the Oval Office,” Rove said Wednesday on Fox News.
Rove is quoted saying: “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.’”
The Post adds: “According to Rove, Trump may 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.”