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Let’s turn to politics now and president trump revamping the white house in more ways than one. The president at his estate in New Jersey, what is called a 17-day working vacation. President trump under growing pressure over the Russia investigation. At the same time trying to stop the turmoil and leaks pouring out of the west wing. David Wright is there tonight. Reporter: Tonight, extreme makeover — white house edition. The oval office stripped bare, even the resolute desk removed, as construction workers take advantage of the president’s extended vacation to do long-overdue repairs. Here in New Jersey, the president is using this 17-day holiday as a time to reset his agenda. For one, the white house is searching for a new communications director to take over after the Anthony scaramucci debacle. Among the names reportedly being floated — advisor Stephen Miller, who this week suggested the statue of liberty is not a symbol of America’s promise to immigrants, those “Huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.” The poem that you’re referring to was added later and is not actually part of the original statue of liberty. Reporter: Having Miller take over white house messaging would likely be controversial. Meanwhile, trump’s national security advisor faces fierce internal criticism from trump loyalists. But the president is giving H.R. Mcmaster a vote of confidence, insisting, “General Mcmaster and I are working very well together.” Mcmaster’s predecessor as national security advisor, who served just 23 days on the job — Lock her up, that’s right. That’s right. Reporter: Lieutenant general Michael Flynn continues to cast a shadow over the administration. Today, the “New York Times” reports that investigators for special counsel Bob Mueller have asked the white house for documents related to Flynn, and questioned witnesses about whether Flynn tried to hide payments from Turkey for lobbying work. White house officials insist this is a “Working vacation.” Trump repeatedly criticized his predecessor for taking too much time off. He plays more golf than people on the PGA tour. Reporter: And just two weeks ago, trump suggested Republican senators hadn’t earned a summer vacation. Frankly, I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan. David Wright joins us live. Among the president there, his new chief of staff? Reporter: That’s right. General John…

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