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February 04, 2013

White House mum on a shadow Oval Office

The White House is refusing to answer questions about a second Oval Office that is reportedly being built as the real one undergoes a renovation this summer. RealClearPolitics had the story last week.

But Press Secretary Jay Carney won't confirm the report -- and referred reporters to the General Services Administration -- which oversees federal buildings -- and also isn't talking about the plan. Carney wouldn't say whether security reasons precluded him from being forthcoming.

"I'm just not in a position to answer those questions," he told reporters aboard Air Force One. "I don't have any information to impart about it.  There's been an ongoing process that we've all seen of renovation and stuff on the grounds. But I'm just, I would refer you to GSA."

Asked whether he'd commit to "ongoing open access between the press and the press office, regardless of the construction," Carney agreed.

"I think there’s no question that we will maintain that commitment," he told reporters.


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