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Harris to stay at Blair House while Naval Observatory undergoes maintenance


Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff will stay at Blair House while repairs at Naval Observatory are underway, Harris’ adviser and spokesperson Symone Sanders told POLITICO Thursday.

Harris’ office had announced their move to the official vice presidential residence would be delayed Wednesday, citing household maintenance and repairs to the chimney. The office had previously declined to say where she would be staying in the mean time due to security concerns.

Harris had purchased a condo in a luxury high-rise just north of Washington Circle, but the heightened security led to added inconveniences for the residents there, The Wall Street Journal reported. Secret Service agents swept packages and cars entering the building, and concrete barricades were installed outside.

Blair House, a 19th-century row house located just across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and steps from the White House, serves as the president’s guest house. President Joe Biden spent the night at Blair House before his inauguration. President Harry S. Truman also lived in Blair House while the White House underwent renovations after World War II.

Christopher Cadelago contributed to this report.

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