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 John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony 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.