Rose Garden, White House lawn undergo groundwork after convention events

Rose Garden, White House lawn undergo groundwork after convention events
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The South Lawn and Rose Garden at the White House are undergoing groundwork this week as crews deal with the fallout of Republican National Convention events staged there two weeks ago.

"The sod is being replaced at no cost to taxpayers. Additionally, there has been other planned infrastructure work taking place on the south grounds," deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.

The work is expected to be completed some time this week and is being paid for by the president's campaign.


The work comes two weeks after President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOvernight Health Care: Senate to vote on .9 trillion relief bill this week | J&J vaccine rollout begins | CDC warns against lifting restrictions Trump has been vaccinated for coronavirus Jill Biden picks up where she left off MORE delivered convention speeches from the South Lawn and Rose Garden, respectively. Both addresses shattered the thin line past presidents have maintained between governing from the White House and campaigning for re-election and drew outcry from ethics watchdogs.

The Rose Garden fixes come just a few weeks after the first lady marked the completion of a more thorough renovation to remove certain plants and upgrade the area's irrigation system. The larger overhaul was paid for with private donations.

The work post-convention has led to minor changes to the president's usual routine. He held a news conference at the North Portico on Monday, an unusual setting for presidential remarks. And he has departed for Joint Base Andrews via motorcade in recent weeks rather than by helicopter due to the construction.