(USA Features) Former first lady Melania Trump blasted a presidential historian who criticized her redesign of the White House Rose Garden, labeling his comments as “dishonorable” “ignorance.”
“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,” NBC News historian Michael Beschloss tweeted on Saturday with a photo of the redesigned garden.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) August 7, 2021
But the first lady, through her office, ripped Beschloss for his inaccurate photo.
“[Michael Beschloss] has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy,” the former first lady’s office tweeted along with a later photo of the same garden.
.@BeschlossDC 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. https://t.co/LU243SANF1 pic.twitter.com/PuVOSjxx5w
— Office of Melania Trump (@OfficeofMelania) August 8, 2021
“The Rose Garden is graced with a healthy [and] colorful blossoming of roses,” the tweet added.
“His misleading information is dishonorable [and] he should never be trusted as a professional historian.”
Melania Trump revealed her redesign of the garden in August 2020, which included improved access for disabled visitors.
She was criticized at the time after false claims spread in traditional and social media that she removed roses that had been planted by every first lady since 1913.
Social media users also claimed that she removed Jaqueline Kennedy’s crab apple trees. But as Reuters reported then, “This claim is false.”
“According to a garden historian, the original roses were removed in 1962 and subsequent administrations have changed certain roses,” the newswire reported.
“The White House Landscape report shows that none of the original crab apple trees from the Kennedy administration remained when the renovation work began,” the fact-check continued.
Others came to the former first lady’s defense, including Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT for America.
“Fake historians for over a year now have been claiming that First Lady Melania Trump ‘ruined’ the White House Rose Garden and removed all the flowers. So let’s settle the score here and get down to the TRUTH,” she tweeted.
Melania Trump worked for months on a deeply thought out project to RESTORE the White House Rose Garden to its original design from Bunny Mellon, made at the request of President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
This project was also funded 100% by private donors, NOT taxpayer money.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) August 8, 2021
“Melania Trump worked for months on a deeply thought out project to RESTORE the White House Rose Garden to its original design from Bunny Mellon, made at the request of President John F. Kennedy in 1962. This project was also funded 100% by private donors, NOT taxpayer money,” she added.
A statement from the first lady at the time made that point.
“The Rose Garden layout we have all come to know and treasure was designed during the Kennedy Administration by Bunny Mellon,” it said.
“For 60 years, this space has served as the backdrop for many important events,” the statement continued.
“The garden has also served as a peaceful outdoor escape for many administrations and their guests,” she said.
“The changes you see tonight are the result of a thoughtful and collaborative process carefully crafted with the help of scholars and experts in architecture, horticulture, design, and historic preservation,” she added.