White Home logs present downside with ants, mice and cockroaches


Trump reportedly complained to his golfing buddies after moving into the White House that it was 'a real dump'.

It seems President Buhari's Aso Rock is not the presidential office fighting a pest infestation, after a White House work order obtained by News4 has been found to include reports of mice, cockroaches and ants. Another report showed ants in the White House chief of staff's office.

The files show a request in late January, for example, to replace the toilet seat in the Oval Office.

There was also a request to fit new draperies in the first lady's East Wing office to "give the overall effect of the room being taller".

While it may come as no surprise to learn that a 200-year-old building has problems with pests, the work-orders reveal a number of more mundane building maintenance requests have been made.

That's a reference to the West Wing's Navy Mess, a wood-paneled restaurant in the White House basement that seats about 50 people on elegantly appointed tables with fresh flowers and official White House china.

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Former press secretary Sean Spicer requested new furniture and pictures for his office while Vice-President Mike Pence requested federal maintenance workers to refinish the legs of two "Martha Washington chairs".

Hundreds of requests were received over the two years.

Mr Miller said the maintenance of the White House was an "enormous job", partly due to the historic value of the site.

Brian Miller, former inspector general for the US General Services Administration (GSA) which oversees maintenance work, told NBC Washington: "They are old buildings".

Agency records state that the GSA spends as much as $100,000 a year in maintenance costs for White House repairs, based on an estimate of $2.13 per square foot in annual maintenance costs for GSA buildings in Washington DC.