Melania Trump fires back at misleading comments about White House Rose Garden renovation

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The Former First Lady branded comments made by historian Michael Beschloss as “misleading” after he labelled her work on the iconic Rose Garden as its “evisceration”. Mr Beschloss shared a photograph of the presidential grounds on Twitter, marking the anniversary of the garden’s completion.

He 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.”

Mrs Trump’s office responded to the historian’s commentary, suggesting his photograph belonged to the garden’s early days.

The tweet read: “@BeschlossDC has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy.

“The Rose Garden is graced with a healthy and colourful blossoming of roses.

“His misleading information is dishonourable & he should never be trusted as a professional historian.”

Attached to the tweet was a photograph showing the garden populated with blooms and greenery.

Mrs Trump’s redesign for the historical landmark has been met with criticism, and in April a petition was started in a bid to reverse changes.

Former First Lady Jackie Kennedy oversaw a major renovation of the garden which was completed in 1962.

The Trump Administration planned to return it to its 1962 form.

The petition, published on Change.org, was signed by more than 40,000 people.

The appeal claimed the redesign “ripped away” Jackie Kennedy’s legacy.

It added: “We want Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff to take this on and restore the Rose Garden to Jackie’s original design.”

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Bob Martin, president of the American Rose Society, praised Mrs Trump’s plan.

He told The Telegraph: “There were no roses at all in the White House “Rose Garden” immediately prior to the renovation made under the direction of Melania Trump.

“As President of the American Rose Society and in consideration of the fact that the rose is America’s floral emblem, I had long encouraged the return of roses to the White House ‘Rose Garden’.”

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