Melania Trump has hit back at the NBC presidential historian who blasted the former First Lady's "renovation" of the iconic White House Rose Garden.
In true Trump-style, Melania embodied her husband and said Michael Beschloss should "never be trusted as a professional historian" after he posted a photo of the White House garden that used to be brimming with colorful roses.
Evisceration of White House Rose Garden was completed a year ago this month, and here was the grim result—decades o… https://t.co/2QbzG6gz8S— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss) 1628349009.0
"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," Beschloss tweeted on Saturday, sharing an image of the garden from above.
After Beschloss' tweet went viral, the Office of Melania Trump posted a response, with a photo of the garden from a different angle showing a line of flowers and plants.
Beschloss had "proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy," the tweet said.
"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."
.@BeschlossDC has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy. The Rose Garden is g… https://t.co/eOWXoS7kkU— Office of Melania Trump (@Office of Melania Trump) 1628432810.0
People have shared their thoughts on her post, and most agree with Beschloss...
One Facebook user wrote: "The Rose Garden you doomed was the work of Jackie Kennedy, who had more class in her little finger than you do in your whole body. Michael Beschloss was correct in his critique."
While another commented: "Imagine if someone came into your home, or your parents or grandparent's home and just started throwing out decades of your family's belongings never to be seen again. Every picture, every heirloom, every piece of history of your family........all of it just gone!"
"Melania and her crew were destroyers. Destroyers. Just wanted to create chaos and darkness even to our most soul-felt traditions. Look at how you FEEL when you see the two photos...one glorious and growing, the other bland and hopeless. It reflects who they were." A third wrote.
Melania ordered the "renovation" of the Rose Garden in her final months in the White House, removing the large flowerbed that was a symbolic feature of the White House for many Americans, which had been in place from the 1960s, when Jackie Kennedy oversaw its planting.
Melania announced the plans to have it removed during the same time that the U.S. was hit with the first wave of COVID-19, and many shared their outrage, describing the move as cultural vandalism.
In August 2020, the new garden was revealed to the public, showing the once brightly colored flowers replaced with white and pastel buds, along with the addition of a paved walkway.
Melania's spokesperson said the revamp was needed to "fulfill the dynamic needs of the modern presidency."