Melania Trump slams historian, who said her rose garden renovation erased ‘decades of American history’

Reprinted from Sara Carter's news page.


Former First Lady Melania Trump slams White House historian who said her renovation of the Rose Garden wiped out decades of White House history. (Photo: screenshot Twitter)

By Jenny Goldsberry

A year after then First Lady Melania Trump announced the Rose Garden’s renovation, PBS historian Michael Beschloss is slamming her for “the grim result.”

Trump’s original plan included electrical upgrades, a new walkway and new flowers and shrubs. The plan also replaced crab apple trees with white rose shrubs and added new drainage systems. A new assortment of white “J.F.K.” and pale pink “peace” roses were also planted.

At the time she called the renovation an “act of expressing hope and optimism for the future.”

“Our country has seen difficult times before, but the White House and the Rose Garden have always stood as a symbol of our strength, resilience and continuity,” the First Lady said during the announcement.

However Beschloss was not happy with the results and let his opinion be known on Twitter Sunday.

“Evisceration of White House Rose Garden was completed a year ago this month,” he tweeted. “And here was the grim result—decades of American history made to disappear.”

As a result, the Office of Melania Trump responded on Twitter. They tweeted that Beschloss isn’t a “professional historian.”

“[He] has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy,” the tweet read. “The Rose Garden is graced with a healthy and colorful blossoming of roses. His misleading information is dishonorable and he should never be trusted as a professional historian.”

First to tend the garden was Ellen Axson Wilson, first wife of President Woodrow Wilson. She introduced the rose garden in 1913.

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