A report released Monday by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said the Trump administration is proposing a whopping $20 billion in new construction at the White House to create “an even more spacious and powerful home” than the original 1868 Capitol, which had an 1869 capacity.
“Trump’s plan is to build the largest single house in the United States,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.
“The Trump family will be in charge of the construction.
It will be a massive new building that will stretch for more than a mile, and it will be built in the midst of the most sensitive presidential building in the world.”
The White House has been touted as one of the biggest infrastructure projects in history, but the cost of the project is expected to be as much as $2.6 trillion, with $500 billion of that amount coming from federal funds.CREW, along with a number of other watchdog groups, called for a public debate about how the White Houses design and construction were handled in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2010, the White Street building collapsed on its own, killing five people and injuring more than 2,000.