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Melania Trump strikes back at historian for criticizing her redesign of White House Rose Garden


Melania Trump on Sunday struck back at historian Michael Beschloss, who accused of her destroying American history with her redesign of the White House Rose Garden, calling him ignorant and dishonorable.

She said he cannot be trusted as a professional historian. 

Beschloss, a presidential historian and author of nine books, criticized Trump’s renovation of the garden as it approached the one-year anniversary of its redesign.  

‘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,’ he wrote. 

Beschloss’s tweet was trending on Saturday after he posted it, as users joined in his criticism.  His tweet garnered almost 5,000 retweets and over 1,000 comments. 

But Melania slammed him back, pointing out the photo in his tweet showed the garden in its early stages. She posted a recent picture of the Rose Garden, where the pink and white flowers are in full bloom and thriving.

[email protected] 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,’ the office of the former first lady wrote on Twitter.

‘His misleading information is dishonorable & he should never be trusted as a professional historian,’ she added.

Melania Trump struck back at historian Michael Beschloss, who accused of her destroying American history with her redesign of the White House Rose Garden, calling him ignorant and dishonorable

Michael Beschloss's tweet was trending after he posted it, as users joined in his criticism. His tweet garnered almost 5,000 retweets and over 1,000 comments

Michael Beschloss’s tweet was trending after he posted it, as users joined in his criticism. His tweet garnered almost 5,000 retweets and over 1,000 comments

Melania Trump in her newly renovated Rose Garden in September 2020 during an event announcing then-President Donald Trump nominating Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

Melania Trump in her newly renovated Rose Garden in September 2020 during an event announcing then-President Donald Trump nominating Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

Michael Beschloss is a presidential historian and author of nine books

Michael Beschloss is a presidential historian and author of nine books

Melania Trump unveiled her renovations to the White House Rose Garden in August of last year, a project she had been working on for months. 

Paid for by private donations, Trump returned the garden to its roots, honoring the original design by Bunny Mellon, made at the request of President John F. Kennedy in 1962. 

But Melania Trump also came under criticism for removing crab apple trees originally put there during Kennedy’s time, which officials said was done as they were making too much shade for other plants to grow well in the garden.

And commentators on social media bemoaned the garden’s new look. Melania stuck to a pale color palette, a signature look for the former first lady, and the flowers looked small and bare compared to the brightly colored flowers that dominated the garden during the Obama administration. 

White House officials said, at the time, the new plants simply needed time grow and would soon be lush and beautiful.

Recent events in the Rose Garden have shown the flowers in full bloom. Several of the plants have grown to three or four feet in height. There are vibrant pink blossoms mixed in with pale white roses and soft purple plants. 

Recent events in the White House have shown the Rose Garden thriving - above President Joe Biden heads to an event in the garden on July 26

Recent events in the White House have shown the Rose Garden thriving – above President Joe Biden heads to an event in the garden on July 26

The Biden White House has used the Rose Garden recently for several events, including marking the 31st anniversary of the ADA being signed into law - above Vice President Harris speaks as President Biden and artist Tryree Brown listen

The Biden White House has used the Rose Garden recently for several events, including marking the 31st anniversary of the ADA being signed into law – above Vice President Harris speaks as President Biden and artist Tryree Brown listen

Artist Tyree Brown, surrounded by the blooming plants in the Rose Garden, listens to President Biden during the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26

Artist Tyree Brown, surrounded by the blooming plants in the Rose Garden, listens to President Biden during the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26

Melania Trump unveiled the redesign in August 2020 (above); at the time critics bemoaned its appearance but officials said the new plants just needed time to grow

Melania Trump unveiled the redesign in August 2020 (above); at the time critics bemoaned its appearance but officials said the new plants just needed time to grow

And even the current first lady has admired the redesign. 

In May, Jill Biden posted a beautiful photo of the White House Rose Garden, celebrating its look.

‘Spring is here at the @WhiteHouse!’ Biden wrote, posting a picture of sunlight filtering over the pink and white flowers planted along the White House colonnade.  

But the outrage over Melania Trump’s work lingers. 

An online petition on change.org requests the Biden White House undo Trump’s changes. It’s garnered more than 81,000 signatures. 

Melania Trump’s East Wing last year declined to provide the cost of the redesign, which also included much needed updates, such as electrical upgrades for TV appearances, new walkways that are ADA accessible, and general repair work on the area.

The garden was closed for about five weeks during the renovations. It is popular spot for White House events – press conferences, the annual turkey pardoning, state dinners and other official events.

The Biden White House used it in the past few weeks to celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to honor D.C. and Capitol Police for their work defending the Capitol from insurrectionists on January 6th. 

A wide view of the White House Rose Garden when it was unveiled in August 2020

A wide view of the White House Rose Garden when it was unveiled in August 2020

Jill Biden in May posted a beautiful photo of the White House Rose Garden that Melania Trump controversially renovated

Jill Biden in May posted a beautiful photo of the White House Rose Garden that Melania Trump controversially renovated

A photo of the Rose Garden in April 2018 before Melania's redesign; an online petition asks Jill Biden to change the garden back

A photo of the Rose Garden in April 2018 before Melania’s redesign; an online petition asks Jill Biden to change the garden back

White is the dominate theme of the new space, including the addition of white JFK roses in honor of President Kennedy, whose envisioned a large garden outside the Oval Office. 

Smatterings of pink roses and lavender flowers add a pop of color to the diamond-shaped flower beds. 

The garden was designed with the presidency in mind, according to the first lady’s office. The removal of a holly ledge allows a better view of the garden on the president’s walk along the colonnade from the residence to the Oval Office on his daily commute.

But online commentators posted photos of the colorful tulips that dominated the space in the Obama years and decried Trump’s changes as boring. 

The Trumps didn’t get much time to enjoy Melania’s work. Seven months later – in January 2021 – they left the White House for the Bidens to move in. 



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