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The procurement data are often broad and vague, making it difficult to ascertain exactly how and where the furniture will be used.
A nearly $240,000 contract from September with a Virginia-based office furniture dealer offers no description beyond “wood office furniture manufacturing.” Another lists $25,000 for “case good furniture.”
Still, some of the expenditures hint at possible use in the residential mansion.
The records indicate nearly $29,000 for “upholstered household furniture manufacturing” and another $10,000 for floor coverings from a home furnishing merchant wholesaler.
Many of the larger contracts were signed in late August, presumably related to the
much-needed repairs performed over two weeks while Trump was away at his New Jersey golf resort. Several others were finalized at the end of September, just before the new fiscal year started on Oct. 1.
Trump has denied reports that he called the White House “
a real dump,” tweeting in August that it is “one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen.”