The media’s knee-jerk criticism of all things Trump took a recent swipe at Melania’s handling of the White House garden. A report on what, exactly, she was fixing makes them look like the hacks they are.
To the manufactured outrage of the press corps, Melania ordered a significant renovation of the the White House garden. Long, scolding hit pieces were printed about how she had robbed the nation of pieces of storied history by making those changes.
More recently, Michael Beshloss took a swipe at Melania.
She swiped right back.
Former first lady Melania Trump is firing back after NBC resident historian Michael Beschloss criticized her renovation of the Rose Garden — blasting his comments as “misleading” and “dishonorable.”
Taking to Twitter, Trump’s office slammed Beschloss for his comments about her landscaping, writing, “@BeschlossDC has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy. 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.”
The dig was in response to Beschloss, a presidential historian and frequent critic of President Donald Trump, tweeting a photo of the garden and saying, “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.” — NYPost
Beshloss is, at least by his title, a ‘presidential historian’ for NBC. Maybe before taking such an adolescent swipe at the political party the media so deeply despises, he should have done some digging of his own.
He just might have managed to avoid looking like an absolute chump.
Not only did the work not make things worse, it actually addressed some real problems that the gardening practices during previous administrations had caused.
According to a 200-plus page report commissioned by the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, the garden was in desperate need of a do-over as years of wear and tear and constant replacement of trees, bushes and plantings to maintain a bountiful exterior had done irreparable damage. Two of the people who were involved in the redesign revealed that the garden was left with only 11 actual rose bushes when they decided to do it, and now there are more than 200. Irrigation issues, shade and root growth, and other such problems had killed many of the plants.
A person who worked closely with the National Park Service on the renovation project said about its criticism, “There was so much blight and disease and turnover of plantings that what Beschloss and everyone else thinks was the original garden that was ‘destroyed’ by Melania [Trump], hadn’t been the original garden in literally decades.”
Gardeners for the National Park Service, which is responsible for the maintenance of the garden, would often dig up the dead stuff and replace them with vibrant, colorful, seasonal flowers and bushes and, occasionally, trees. “It was a constant bait and switch,” the source said about the extensive replantation, explaining that while it made the garden always look great, the soil and foundation were irreparably damaged by the constant work. –MSN
As for the crabapple trees that had been removed..? According to the same study, they had grown too large for the space and required replacing.
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