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The White House needed extensive security upgrades but the Trumps didn’t want to deal with the noise and made it a problem for Biden’s administration

Donald Melania Trump wave White House lawn
Hey, at least Melania looks happy.

  • Trump passed on important security upgrades for the White House during his tenure, CNN reported.
  • Now, the needed renovations are ongoing during Biden’s presidency.
  • Trump reportedly passed because he didn’t want to deal with the noise.
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Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump decided to pass along much-needed upgrades to White House security to President Joe Biden because they didn’t want to deal with construction noise or alter the aesthetic, CNN reported.

The United States Secret Service, the National Park Service, and the White House worked together to implement new security changes in several phases so it wouldn’t upset the first family, but when the final phase was set to start, the Trumps said they didn’t want to deal with the construction.

The first lady specifically didn’t want the effort to impact the aesthetics of the back lawn, where events could be hosted, CNN reported.

The needed updates have now been going on for several weeks and are forcing Biden to have to take a motorcade for about two minutes every time he wants to get on and off his helicopter, Marine One, because it can’t land right by the White House.

“It’s been a headache,” said one Secret Service source with knowledge of altered movements to circumvent the construction.

The renovations start from the farthest southern juncture of the lawn to the foot of the South entrance of the White House building.

This isn’t the first instance that Biden had to deal with the issues remaining from the Trump era.

Trump left office on January 20, breaking with tradition and not attending Biden’s inauguration later that day. In his first 100 days, some of Biden’s executive orders were used to reverse policies enacted by his predecessor.

As of late last month, Biden had reversed 62 of Trump’s orders, including revoking the permit to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline .

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