Americans recoiled in horror and dismay after First Lady Melania Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to unveil the newly renovated Rose Garden Saturday ahead of her speech there Tuesday for the Republican National Convention.
Twitter users blasted the first lady for removing about a dozen crabapple trees from the Rose Garden planted by Jackie Kennedy in 1961.
“Excited to honor history & celebrate the future in our beautiful White House Rose Garden this evening. Thank you to all who helped renew this iconic & truly gorgeous space,” Melania tweeted.
She's ruined it. Just like the trumps ruin everything. No color. She hacked down the cherry trees. It looks cold and sterile and joyless. https://t.co/fl4FVfZXXr
— Hold My PomPoms Bitches (@Scattered211) August 22, 2020
they spent millions to make the white house look like a hampton inn on a turnpike? https://t.co/xZzrATObNf
— Florida Chris (@chrislongview) August 22, 2020
— howardfineman (@howardfineman) August 22, 2020
…those were Jackie Kennedy's crab apple trees.
My grandmother would be *sobbing* if she'd lived to see this. https://t.co/fJplvirYAl
— MovieBob Productions (@the_moviebob) August 22, 2020
Here is the colorful, happy Rose Garden under Obama, and here is Melania's unveiling of the new garden, entirely devoid of color or joy. pic.twitter.com/j9cNXC63tC
— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) August 22, 2020
That’s awful https://t.co/Ws8Bbb3u27
— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) August 22, 2020
Anyone notice anything different? pic.twitter.com/9kuiyiE6Hx
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) August 22, 2020
— Eric Slater (@ericsslater) August 22, 2020
White House officials said the renovations were paid for by private donations. They declined to reveal the cost of the work.
NBC News reports that the trees will be replanted elsewhere on the grounds.