Former first lady Melania Trump’s office fired back at “dishonorable” NBC historian Michael Beschloss over his criticism of the work she did on the White House Rose Garden.
“.@BeschlossDC has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy,” a tweet from the office of the former first lady read on Sunday. (RELATED: Celebrate Melania’s Birthday With Her Greatest Looks As First Lady [SLIDESHOW])
“The Rose Garden is graced with a healthy [and] colorful blossoming of roses,” the message added. “His misleading information is dishonorable [and] he should never be trusted as a professional historian.” (RELATED: A Look Back At Melania Trump’s Best Looks From The Summer [SLIDESHOW])
.@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 post included a photo of the White House Rose Garden filled with rows and rows of blooming colorful rose bushes. The tweet from the former FLOTUS included a retweet from the NBC News presidential historian describing what he called the “evisceration of White House Rose Garden” by Melania. His post also included a photo without any blooming rose bushes. (RELATED: A New Photo Book About Melania Features Several Never-Before-Seen Stunning Photos Of First Lady)
“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: @dougmillsnyt,” Beschloss tweeted.
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: @dougmillsnyt pic.twitter.com/78OqjkoOPt
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) August 7, 2021
At the time, Melania’s work was criticized by some in the media because she had removed cherry trees and tulips from the Rose Garden to renovate the garden, dezeen.com noted.
Even in the most difficult times, the @WhiteHouse Rose Garden has stood as a symbol of strength & continuity. Today, it is my pleasure to announce our plans to renew & restore this iconic space so that we preserve its history & beauty for generations to come.
— Melania Trump 45 Archived (@FLOTUS45) July 27, 2020
Excited to honor history & celebrate the future in our beautiful @WhiteHouse Rose Garden this evening. Thank you to all who helped renew this iconic & truly gorgeous space. pic.twitter.com/ggiqLkdGbw
— Melania Trump 45 Archived (@FLOTUS45) August 22, 2020
The first lady announced she wanted to return the garden to how it looked in 1962, when it was designed by Rachel Lambert Mellon, CBS News noted.