The First Lady has traditionally been in charge of any changes in the design of the interior and exterior of the White House that she and her husband currently occupy.
Today, Melania Trump got to unveil her renovations of the White House Rose Garden and faced strident outcries after it was revealed that she had trees and other shrubs — planted by then-First Lady Jackie Kennedy when she oversaw the redesign of the garden in 1961 — replaced with a concrete sidewalk.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) August 22, 2020
While the newly stripped landscape may make for better camera angles when Melania addresses the Republican convention this week from the Rose garden — as she is reportedly planning on doing despite the ethical prohibition on using federal property in political campaigns — many people on social media reacted negatively to what they considered to be a desecration of the Kennedy legacy.
I think the new one is just — bland. I liked all the reds and pinks and yellows, with a few white ones mixed in.
Melania has bad taste. Imagine what she will do with $117 Million remodel of WH. SMDH Gawdy – I suspect all gold.
— Barbara B999 (@BarbaraB9999) August 22, 2020
John-John 😢 pic.twitter.com/lPKe28kFMz
— JAM 🇺🇸☀️😎🙈☀️🇺🇸 (@jam_46417) August 22, 2020
Looks like they gave the Rose Garden a Brazilian.
— Tony DaDub (He/Him) (@teflondub) August 22, 2020
Works for mobility scooters as well.
— Jack Russell (@JackRussell02) August 22, 2020
Horrible! Those beautiful trees and flowers, gone! Completely lacking in soul just like the current occupants. This reminds me of the esthetic in 1930's Germany. Gives me chills.
— Spirit Bear (@SpiritbearNY) August 22, 2020
Luckily, like much of the Trump family’s own legacy, the damage caused by this “renovation” can be undone once Donald is evicted from the property that he has squatted in without a popular mandate for the past three and a half years.
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