Monday's HOT MIC

Monday's HOT MIC

What media bias?

President Donald Trump plans to spend some time in New York City while he takes a break from Washington. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Monday that Trump will return to his hometown for part of the first half of next week. She did not provide details.

Trump tweeted Monday that he would be heading to New York for meetings. He arrived at his private golf club in New Jersey Friday for a 17-day “working vacation.

Typical Trump, right -- always playing golf, traveling, goofing off, much like his predecessor. Twitter was filled with derision from the usual suspects over the weekend. But what the AP forgot to mention in this slanted dispatch is that the Oval Office and the West Wing are currently undergoing renovations, and personnel have been temporarily evicted.

Just like an episode of HGTV's "Fixer Upper," the minute Trump leaves, workers will begin around-the-clock renovations to the West Wing, including structural repairs to address a ceiling leak, HVAC work and repairs to the South Portico steps on the South Lawn. Additionally, renovations to the Navy Mess kitchen, the West Wing lower lobby, the IT system and generic cosmetic upgrades including fresh paint, carpet and curtains will be completed before his return later this month.

Trump took a lot of heat for his alleged remark (overheard by a golf reporter named Alan Shipnuck) that the White House was a "dump," but anyone who's been in the West Wing lately, as I have, will know that it's surprisingly cramped and shabby and is in need of obvious repairs. And if you don't believe me, you can ask CNN:

[A] White House official later clarified to CNN that the while the President enjoys the White House residence, he has often remarked on the poor condition the West Wing is in. He has a point: The West Wing is in need of some upkeep.

And while the President has lamented information leaks coming from his West Wing, there are also actual leaks there. After flash-flooding in the greater Washington area last week, the ceilings dripped in three separate spots in the Lower Press area, emitting a "foul odor," per one witness. Staffers moved multiple trash cans to catch the dripping.

Although the HVAC systems are 27 years old, they are constantly running. "Due to the 24/7, 365-day use a year, the estimated age of the system based off of usage is 81 years old," deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday.

The South Portico steps haven't been restored in 64 years, Walters added.