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Location in Central Washington, D.C.

The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. and has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams in 1800. The term, "White House", is often used as a metonym for the president and his advisers.

The residence was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in the neoclassical style. Hoban modelled the building on Leinster House in Dublin, a building which today houses the Oireachtas, the Irish legislature. Construction took place between 1792 and 1800 using Aquia Creek sandstone painted white. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) added low colonnades on each wing that concealed stables and storage. In 1814, during the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army in the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. Reconstruction began almost immediately, and President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed Executive Residence in October 1817. Exterior construction continued with the addition of the semi-circular South portico in 1824 and the North portico in 1829.

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8 December 2018 – Presidency of Donald Trump
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly is set to resign by the end of the month according to U.S. President Donald Trump. (CNN)
1 December 2018 – 2018 G20 Buenos Aires summit, 2018 China–United States trade war
The White House announces that the United States and China agree to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks. (BBC) (NBC News)
19 November 2018 – CNN v. Trump
CNN drops its lawsuit against the Trump administration after the White House restores reporter Jim Acosta's press pass. (The Washington Post)
The White House also issues a set of four guidelines reporters must follow at press conferences to avoid further press pass revocations. (ABC News)
16 November 2018 – CNN v. Trump
U.S. federal district judge Timothy J. Kelly orders the Secret Service to temporarily restore Jim Acosta's White House press pass. (ABC News)
14 November 2018 –
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Deputy National Security Advisor Mira Ricardel is "to transition to a new role within the administration", a day after First Lady Melania Trump called for Ricardel's ousting. (Reuters)

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