Fact Check: Photo Of Two People Fumigating The Oval Office Is NOT The Trump Oval Office

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Photo Of Two People Fumigating The Oval Office Is NOT The Trump Oval Office Clinton's Rug

Does a photo show two people fumigating the Trump Oval Office after he left? No, that's not true: A picture posted shortly after Trump left the White House for the last time as president features two people in full hazmat suits fumigating the Oval Office. However, the photo is not of the Trump Oval Office -- the blue carpet shown in the photo is from the Clinton-era Oval Office.

The photo appeared as a post (archived here) where it was published by William LeGate on Twitter on January 20, 2021. It opened:

BEAUTIFUL

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Wed Jan 20 15:53:30 2021 UTC)

In December, 2020, the General Services Administration said it would "thoroughly clean and disinfect" surfaces in the White House when Trump left, ABC News reported. President Trump and multiple staff were infected with COVID-19 during recent months and the cleaning was noted in a federal contract that said: "One firm will be paid a little under $30,000 to provide 'disinfectant misting services' to combat coronavirus in the White House," Newsweek reported. The contract for cleaning was for at least 10 months.

In a statement, a GSA spokesperson said, "GSA will thoroughly clean and disinfect the building spaces between the administrations and ensure that everything is up to standard. Cleaning will include, but is not limited to, all furniture, flooring, window treatments, handrails, door knobs, light switches, countertops, elevator buttons, restroom fixtures and dispensers, door handles and push plates, and lighting fixtures."

However, the photo posted on Twitter is of the Oval Office during the Clinton era, when the rug in the room was a deep blue. During Trump's tenure, it was a lighter tan. The original photograph appears to be from 2016 and is a picture of the Oval Office replica in Clinton's Presidential Library in Little Rock Arkansas.

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The image appeared back in 2017 on the satirical website Waterford Whisper News in an article titled, "Oval Office Fumigated After Complaints Of Overwhelming Smell Of Bullshit."

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Here is a photo of the Trump White House Oval Office as published by Business Insider in an article titled, "Trump insisted on hanging bright gold drapes in the Oval Office -- here are past presidents' offices for comparison."

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Here is a photo of the Clinton Oval Office, with the blue carpet that is in the Twitter photo.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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