Trump Could Spend First Year Not Working From Oval Office, Says Karl Rove

November 17, 2016 Updated: November 17, 2016

President Barack Obama won’t renovate the Oval Office inside the White House before his term ends, according to former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove.

Rove, in an interview with Fox News on Nov. 16, suggested that the Obama administration will pass the buck to Trump’s administration. It means that Trump might have to work elsewhere for a fourth of his term due to security upgrades that will be taking place in the Oval Office, he said.

“My understanding is that for the first year of his time in office, President Trump will not have the Oval Office,” Rove told Fox.

“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.'”

It means that Trump will spend the time working from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, located across the street, Rove said. “My understanding is, [Trump] will spend most of his first year using Richard Nixon’s old office in the Old Executive Office Building across Executive Drive and up the Navy steps,” Rove said.