Former First Lady Melania Trump criticized NBC historian Michael Beschloss after he made comments toward her White House Rose Garden renovations.
The historian shared a photo taken of the garden before its completion and new growth, captioning the image, “Evisceration of White House Rose Garden was completed a year ago this month, and here was the grim result—decades of American history made to disappear.” In a Tweet, Trump’s office responded, “[Beschloss] has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy. The Rose Garden is graced with a healthy & colorful blossoming of roses. His misleading information is dishonorable & he should never be trusted as a professional historian.”
Upon announcing the renovations, Melania released a statement outlining the plan, “The refreshment of the Rose Garden will return it to its original ‘62 footprint and help ensure it will thrive with improved infrastructure, better drainage, and a healthier environment for plantings that reduce the risk of leaf blight.”
She continued, “In addition, the plans include improved Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility, utilities, and support for audiovisual and broadcasting needs that will allow for the continued enjoyment of the garden’s natural beauty and storied history.” The First Lady’s renovations were completed in August of 2020.
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