The White House is repairing damages to its South Lawn after it was used to host the GOP convention



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Guests gather to watch President Donald Trump deliver his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House on August 27, 2020. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


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Guests gather to watch President Donald Trump deliver his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House on August 27, 2020. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

  • The White House South Lawn is undergoing repairs after it was used for the Republican National Convention, The Washington Post reported.
  • A White House spokesman told Business Insder that the repairs would not be funded by taxpayer money, and officials told the Post that they will be paid for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.
  • Trump has been criticized for accepting his official GOP nomination for president at the White House, with experts experts saying he abused his office for personal gain.
  • CNN also reported that repairs are underway in the White House Rose Garden, less than three weeks after Melania Trump’s redesign was unveiled.
  • Business Insider has contacted the White House and the Trump campaign for comment.
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President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is paying to repair damage to the White House South Lawn after it was used for the Republican National Convention last month, The Washington Post reported.

White House spokesman Judd Deere told Business Insider that “the sod is being replaced at no cost to taxpayers,” adding that “Additionally, there has been other planned infrastructure work taking place on the south grounds.”

A Trump campaign official also told The Post that the resodding costs will be taken out of campaign funds.

Katie Liming, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service Capital Region, also told The Post: “Turf restoration is underway on the South Lawn. The National Park Service is using cost recovery funds from the RNC to pay for the work. Cost recovery was a condition of the permit for the event and federal funds were not used.”

The cost of the South Lawn reparations are not known. The White House did not comment on the project’s cost.

Business Insider also contacted the White House and the Trump campaign for comment.

The RNC, which this year was held from August 24 to 27, involved many people in the audience as well as heavy equipment for televising the event.

Photos showed around 1,500 people close together and not wearing masks on the lawn for Trump’s speech during the event.



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The August RNC came under heavy criticism for ignoring social distancing guidelines — and for being at the White House in the first place.

Experts pointed to what they said were numerous ethics violations during the event, and noted that using the White House as a backdrop was an abuse of power for Trump’s personal gain.

They painted the ceremony as a clear violation of the Hatch Act, a federal law that the bars federal employees from engaging in any political activities, including campaigning, in their official capacities.

Repairs in the White House Rose Garden are also underway, CNN reported Tuesday. They come less than three

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White House lawn being re-sod after convention damage

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is paying to replace sod on the White House South Lawn and Rose Garden after damage to the greenery late last month from large crowds and heavy equipment used for Republican National Convention festivities, White House and campaign officials said Tuesday.

Trump’s unprecedented decision to stage overtly political events on public property – which drew complaints that the Trumps were using “the people’s house” for personal gain – continues to reverberate nearly two weeks later as work crews re-sod grass and make other repairs.

On Aug. 27, Trump delivered his address formally accepting the Republican nomination on the South Lawn before an estimated 1,500 supporters seated on chairs. The president spoke from an enormous stage built in front of the South Portico of the White House. It was flanked by massive television screens and illuminated by scores of hulking spotlights – all particularly heavy equipment to position on grass.

Two nights earlier, first lady Melania Trump delivered her convention address in the newly reconstructed Rose Garden, with dozens of supporters seated in chairs. Turf was laid atop the grass as a protective measure, according to one White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because aides were not authorized to discuss some details.

“The sod is being replaced at no cost to taxpayers,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere. “Additionally, there has been other planned infrastructure work taking place on the south grounds.”

A Trump campaign official confirmed that the sod replacement was being paid for with campaign funds.

The construction underway includes other repairs and improvements that were already in the planning stages or under consideration, said a White House official.

CNN first reported some aspects of the Rose Garden work.

The work has been ongoing for several days and has interrupted the regular rhythms at the White House. The president has been transported to Joint Base Andrews in a motorcade recently rather than by helicopter because Marine One cannot land on the South Lawn during the construction and repairs.

In addition, White House staff members have kept journalists covering events there from seeing the work underway in the Rose Garden and the South Lawn by using alternate venues. The president typically holds outdoor news conferences in the Rose Garden, but he held Monday’s gathering with reporters instead on the North Portico of the White House. It was the first time in recent memory that the president staged a news conference on the front steps of the residence facing Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Trump campaign and Melania Trump’s office declined to comment on the record. The National Park Service did not respond to requests for comment.

Officials did not detail how much the repairs would cost.

A White House official said that it was not uncommon in this administration, as well as previous ones, to undertake repairs to the South Lawn after large events, such as the annual Easter Egg Roll or Fourth of July fireworks.

But the current construction highlights

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Rose Garden, White House lawn undergo groundwork after convention events

The South Lawn and Rose Garden at the White House are undergoing groundwork this week as crews deal with the fallout of Republican National Convention events staged there two weeks ago.

“The sod is being replaced at no cost to taxpayers. Additionally, there has been other planned infrastructure work taking place on the south grounds,” deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.

The work is expected to be completed some time this week and is being paid for by the president’s campaign.

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The work comes two weeks after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz, longtime fan of ‘The Princess Bride,’ swipes at cast members’ plans to reunite to raise money for Democrats Trump casts wide net in Labor Day press conference Biden vows to be ‘strongest labor president you’ve ever had’ MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMcCarthy told Trump trashing mail-in voting will hurt Republicans: report Trump maintains US ’rounding the turn’ on coronavirus Trump to award Medal of Honor to Army Ranger on 9/11 MORE delivered convention speeches from the South Lawn and Rose Garden, respectively. Both addresses shattered the thin line past presidents have maintained between governing from the White House and campaigning for re-election and drew outcry from ethics watchdogs.

The Rose Garden fixes come just a few weeks after the first lady marked the completion of a more thorough renovation to remove certain plants and upgrade the area’s irrigation system. The larger overhaul was paid for with private donations.

The work post-convention has led to minor changes to the president’s usual routine. He held a news conference at the North Portico on Monday, an unusual setting for presidential remarks. And he has departed for Joint Base Andrews via motorcade in recent weeks rather than by helicopter due to the construction.

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White House lawn, Rose Garden being re-sod after damage from GOP convention

On Aug. 27, Trump delivered his address formally accepting the Republican nomination on the South Lawn before an estimated 1,500 supporters seated on chairs. The president spoke from an enormous stage built in front of the South Portico of the White House. It was flanked by massive television screens and illuminated by scores of hulking spotlights — all particularly heavy equipment to position on grass.

Two nights earlier, first lady Melania Trump delivered her convention address in the newly reconstructed Rose Garden, with dozens of supporters seated in chairs. Turf was laid atop the grass as a protective measure, according to one White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because aides were not authorized to discuss some details.

“The sod is being replaced at no cost to taxpayers,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere. “Additionally, there has been other planned infrastructure work taking place on the south grounds.”

A Trump campaign official confirmed that the sod replacement was being paid for with campaign funds.

The construction underway includes other repairs and improvements that were already in the planning stages or under consideration, said a White House official.

The work has been ongoing for several days and has interrupted the regular rhythms at the White House. The president has been transported to Joint Base Andrews for recent flights via motorcade rather than by helicopter because Marine One cannot land on the South Lawn during the construction and repairs.

In addition, White House staff have kept journalists covering events there from seeing the work underway in the Rose Garden and South Lawn by using alternate venues. The president typically holds outdoor news conferences in the Rose Garden, but he held Monday’s gathering with reporters instead on the North Portico of the White House. It was the first time in recent memory that the president staged a news conference on the front steps of the residence facing Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Trump campaign and Melania Trump’s office declined to comment on the record. The National Park Service did not respond to requests for comment.

Officials did not detail how much the repairs would cost.

A White House official said that it was not uncommon in this administration, as well as previous ones, to undertake repairs to the South Lawn following large events, such as the annual Easter Egg Roll or Fourth of July fireworks.

But the current construction highlights the blatant manner in which Trump used the trappings of the presidency for purely political purposes in staging the Republican convention at the White House — a move that outraged government ethics experts, as well as many Democrats.

In August, Melania Trump unveiled the redesigned Rose Garden, which was panned by some critics. The first lady took on the Rose Garden renovation as a personal project, along with revamping the White House tennis pavilion.

Lisa Rein contributed to this report.

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