Former first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump fires back at historian over Rose Garden criticism Azar regrets Trump didn’t get vaccinated on national TV Only Trump can fix vaccine hesitancy among his supporters MORE fired back at a historian who criticized the renovations she made to the White House Rose Garden last year, calling his remarks “misleading” and “dishonorable” before questioning his credibility.
“.@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,” the former first lady’s office tweeted on Sunday.
.@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 message was in response to a tweet from Michael Beschloss, presidential historian for NBC News and a frequent critic of former President TrumpDonald Trump Las Vegas hotel that defied coronavirus restrictions loses legal battle Menendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan MORE, who said that the “evisceration” of the White House Rose Garden was finished a year ago this month.
“And here was the grim result — decades of American history made to disappear,” Beschloss wrote.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) August 7, 2021
The Trump White House revealed the newly renovated Rose Garden, which was spearheaded by the then-first lady, last August. Her office said she wanted to make the area more closely resemble the original 1962 design by Rachel Lambert Mellon during the Kennedy administration.
The changes sparked criticism among many who attacked the historic garden’s new look.
— Melania Trump 45 Archived (@FLOTUS45) August 22, 2020
A petition surfaced in April, which has received more than 80,000 signatures, calling for first lady Jill BidenJill BidenDoug Emhoff to lead US delegation to Paralympics in Tokyo Photo highlights from the Tokyo Olympics Melania Trump fires back at historian over Rose Garden criticism MORE and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Cuomo resigns; T infrastructure package clears the Senate Doug Emhoff to lead US delegation to Paralympics in Tokyo The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Democrats release massive budget blueprint MORE to reverse the changes to the Rose Garden.
“We want Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff to take this on and restore the Rose Garden to [former first lady Jackie Kennedy’s] original design,” the Change.org petition said.
The petition argued that the renovations made by the Trump administration “ripped away” Kennedy’s legacy. Biden and Emhoff have not responded to the petition.