For what it's worth, it is entirely plausible that Trump's assessment of the White House interior is correct.
Back in the 1940's, the building was quite literally a wreck
Several areas were closed off due to danger of collapsing floors, there were rats in the building, at that point, the original structure was essentially in danger of structural failure.
Truman moved into Blair house and they spent several years rebuilding the building. At this point, the only original parts of the building are the exterior shell and some of the architectural elements that were salvaged. The floors, walls and ceilings were completely gutted out and replaced. The foundations were rebuilt and basements were dug out.
It was the late 40's, so I assume that they used a lot of asbestos and prefab materials common to the post war era.
i'm sure that there have been minor renovations since then, however, since the building has been continuously occupied, it's possible that the building interiors and hvac systems are in need of a major rehab.
http://www.whitehousemuseum.org/special ... n-1948.htm
I beg to differ. The last shop I worked in as an employee was Knipp & Co. If you read about the Truman renovations you'll see it mentioned that beams from the existing structure were resawn into paneling for four rooms. Knipp was one of the firms that did that, and built a lot of the other millwork, both interior and exterior.
Some of the exterior millwork that was removed at the time remained in Knipp's layout loft until they closed in 1993. I rescued a single wainscot panel that appears to be from the post-fire rebuild in 1814 from the dumpster, and have it now by my office desk... along with a signed provenance letter from the Knipp family.
That renovation was state of the art, and I've visited in person several times and because of the Knipp connexion I have collected books, photos and accounts of the various redecorations, notably by the Kennedys (my favorite, for the careful recreation of a significant stylstic moment in our history in each room). The place has always been in immaculate repair and appearance. It's the damn President's home. As far as I can tell, no expense has been spared to keep all the systems, even plumbing, in perfect condition.
Its e-systems are constantly upgraded and (until recently) scrupulously secured. GWB even installed solar hot water boosters and solar-electric panels (although he tried to keep it on the down low) and BHO upgraded and expanded the installation.
To describe the White House as a "dump" is the height of absurdity. But what can one expect from a man who thinks all our past negotiators were idiots, our treaties and agreements horrible deals, our scientists liars, our policies stupid, and that he is the most competent, admired and beloved President in history. Except Lincoln. Maybe.