Just as it's customary for the incoming president to begin their first term with a whole new administration, it's customary for the incoming POTUS to also make changes to their new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As such, President Trump, who denied calling the 200-year-old historic building "a dump" despite reports, has made extensive renovations to the building since the beginning of his term.
The redecorations, which included a $17,000 custom rug and $5000 wallpaper, covered an overhaul of Obama-era furniture in the West Wing and new furniture for White House staffers. Also included in Trump's massive renovation? Gilded pieces to replace the clean, modern furniture his wife had already picked out.
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Although Melania didn't immediately move to the White House after Trump's inauguration -- as to let Barron finish out the school year -- she still had a selection of furniture picked out for her future home.
Yet in her absence, President Trump — whose tastes veer toward the gilded, triumphal style of Louis XIV — replaced her choices with several pieces he liked better.
Despite statements from the White House that claim the couple picked out the decor together, POTUS' actions aren't so surprising. "It's an example of Mr. Trump’s tendency not to relent on even the smallest requests from his wife," said an insider to the New York Times.
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- This article was initially published on AOL.com: Report: President Trump replaced Melania's White House furniture with gold pieces 'he liked better'