Melania Trump is revamping one of the most famous gardens at the White House. On Monday, the first lady announced plans to renovate the Rose Garden, which is located just off the Oval Office.
Since the Kennedy years, the current garden design has been in place. However, President Trump’s wife says it needs a “comprehensive renovation.” Following decades of use for events such as weddings and state dinners, Mrs. Trump feels that it could use a facelift.
The renovation project, which is expected to be completed in three weeks, will increase the garden’s “beauty and functionality.” Furthermore, Mrs. Trump hopes to blend the past design with the present in “complete harmony.”
While Mrs. Trump wants to make changes, she says the new design won’t stray far from the current one. In a detailed report regarding the project, the First Lady spoke on the new design. “Protecting the historic integrity of the White House landscape is a considerable responsibility, and we will fulfill our duty as custodians of the public trust,” she writes.
Social Media React to Melania Trump Renovating the Rose Garden
Shortly after revealing the renovation plans, Twitter sounded off on the idea. A number of Twitter users called out the First Lady for taking on the project in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, others pointed to other issues they deem more important than renovating the garden.
In response, Melania responded challenged her critics in a follow-up tweet. “I encourage everyone who chooses to be negative & question my work at the @WhiteHouse to take time and contribute something good & productive in their own communities,” she wrote.
[H/T Associated Press]