White House rejects 'replica' Oval Office story
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House on Wednesday rejected reports that a replica Oval Office was being built for President Barack Obama to use during repairs of the iconic West Wing complex.
Reports had said that Mr Obama could be asked to move to the Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House by August, in the latest stage of a multi-year renovation effort.
"I can say that specifically, reports about a replica Oval Office are false. And, you know, no one's moving from the West Wing ... no decisions about that have been made," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
The West Wing houses the Oval Office, where Mr Obama spends most of his days working and meets foreign leaders for ceremonial talks and other top visitors to the White House, the Cabinet Room and offices of top Obama advisors.