Melania Trump blasts 'dishonorable, ignorant' historian in rare shutdown of criticism of her White House renovations
A TWEET by a presidential historian about Melania Trump’s Rose Garden renovations was criticized by the former First Lady herself on Saturday.
NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss tweeted on August 7, “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.”
It included photos of the garden after renovation, but Trump took issue with Beschloss’ version of events.
“[email protected] has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy,” the former First Lady’s office tweeted that same day.
“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.”
Her tweet included a seemingly new image that featured rose bushes in full bloom instead.
Trump’s renovations of the outdoor space were revealed in August 2020 and strongly criticized at the time.
Her office said Trump wanted to make the area look more like the original 1962 design by Rachel Lambert Mellon as it was during the Kennedy administration, The Hill reported.
There was even a petition in April asking for current First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff to reverse the changes to the iconic Garden.
The petition now has over 82,000 signatures, but neither has responded to it.
Many people on Twitter agreed with Beschloss, with comments like “I really hope they add more color! What Melanie did was unforgivable! I almost think she made it horrible on purpose,” and, “It would have been so much better if they gave Melania crayons and coloring books to keep her busy instead of destroying national treasures,” popping up under his post.
However, Trump had her supporters too.
One person commented in a retweet of the Office of Melania Trump response, “Thank you for putting up with the negativity. We the people appreciate what you do!”
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