Former First Lady Melania Trump has fired a historian who criticized her renovation of the White House Rose last year, calling her speech “deceptive” and “disgraceful.”
The former First Lady’s office tweeted on Sunday.
.@BeschlossDC At a very young age, he showed his knowledge of pink by painting a garden. Rose Garden is a beautiful, colorful pink flower. His misleading information is a disgrace and he should never be trusted as a professional historian. https://t.co/LU243SANF1 pic.twitter.com/PuVOSjxx5w
– Melania Trump Office (@OfficeofMelania) August 8, 2021
The message came in response to a tweet from NBC News President Michael Bashlos, a historian and a frequent critic of former President Trump. The “exit” of the White House Rose Garden was completed a month ago.
“And here’s the worst thing – decades of American history are gone.
– Michael Bashloz (@BeschlossDC) August 7, 2021
The White House last August unveiled the newly renovated Rose Garden, which was spearheaded by the then First Lady. Her office stated that during the Kennedy administration, in 1962, she wanted the area to be closer to the original design of Rachel Lambert Melon.
The changes have provoked criticism from many who have attacked the historic garden.
He is happy to celebrate history and to celebrate the future with our beauty @ White House Rose Garden tonight. Thanks to all who helped to renovate this iconic and truly beautiful place. pic.twitter.com/ggiqLkdGbw
– Melania Trump 45 archived (@ FLOTUS45) August 22, 2020
In April, a petition was filed by First Lady Jill Biden and second-grader Emfof, who received more than 80,000 signatures to reverse the changes to Rose Garden.
We want Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff to take this and return Rose’s garden [former first lady Jackie Kennedy’s] Original design, ”there is a Change.org complaint.
The petition argues that the Trump administration’s reforms “ripped” Kennedy’s legacy. Biden and Emhoff did not respond to a complaint.