Who is Michael Beschloss? Melania Trump slams historian for dissing her Rose Garden renovation

Melania Trump snapped at Michael Beschloss in a tweet saying, 'His misleading information is dishonorable & he should never be trusted as a professional historian'

                            Who is Michael Beschloss? Melania Trump slams historian for dissing her Rose Garden renovation
Melania Trump and Michael Beschloss (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images, Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images for Smithsonian Magazine)

Melania Trump clapped back at historian Michael Beschloss, who criticized her redesign of the White House Rose Garden, by calling him ignorant and dishonorable in a Twitter post on Sunday, August 8. The office of the former first lady snapped at Beschloss for tweeting a photo that showed the White House Rose Garden in its early stages after Melania's controversial renovation project. The historian used the picture to criticize how she had changed the space.

To point out that the garden did not look the same, Melania posted a recent picture of the Rose Garden, which showed pink and white flowers in full bloom "@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," her office tweeted. 



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The statement was in response to Beschloss, a presidential historian and author of nine books, calling out Melania's redesigned Rose Garden on its one-year anniversary. "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: @dougmillsnyt" he tweeted, which enraged the ex-FLOTUS.


Who is Michael Beschloss?

Beschloss is a historian who specialized in the United States presidency and is the author of nine books on the presidency. He was born in Chicago, grew up in Flossmoor, Illinois, and was educated at Eaglebrook School, Phillips Academy (Andover), Williams College and Harvard University.

Historian Michael Beschloss (L) presents Smithsonian Magazine's first annual American Ingenuity Award for historical scholarship to Anne Kelly Knowles on November 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images for Smithsonian Magazine)

The historian has been a frequent commentator on the PBS NewsHour and is the NBC News Presidential Historian. He is a trustee of the White House Historical Association and the National Archives Foundation[8] and he also sits on the board of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. He has been a trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), the Urban Institute, the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. He also sits on the advisory board to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and was a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. 

He has received an array of awards and recognition for his works. Beschloss received a 2005 News & Documentary Emmy Award for the Discovery Channel's 'Decisions That Shook the World,' of which he was the host; the category was Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research. He has also received the Williams College Bicentennial Medal, the State of Illinois's Order of Lincoln the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award, the Ambassador Book Award, the Rutgers University Living History Award, the New York State Archives History Award, the Founders Award of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Andover Alumni Award of Distinction.

Did Melania revive Rose Garden's 'intended purpose'?

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk into the Rose Garden of the White House for a National Day of Prayer event May 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Melania's statement was backed by Brigitte Gabriel, the founder of ACT for America, the largest anti-Muslim group in America. "Fake historians for over a year now have been claiming that First Lady Melania Trump 'ruined' the White House Rose Garden and removed all the flowers. So let's settle the score here and get down to the TRUTH. Melania Trump worked for months on a deeply thought out project to RESTORE the White House Rose Garden to its original design from Bunny Mellon, made at the request of President John F. Kennedy in 1962. This project was also funded 100% by private donors, NOT taxpayer money," she wrote, following the ex-FLOTUS' tweet. 

"'Journalists' and 'Historians' have even misleadingly shared photos of the garden in its early development stages, rather than sharing it in its current and fully blossomed state. Fake Doctor First Lady Jill even posted photos of the renovated garden recently clearly showing the wide variety of roses. Kamala Harris and Joe Biden have regularly hosted events in the stunning garden as well. Showing rose plants nearly 6 ft in height. Leftist journalists have posted photos of the colorful tulips that dominated the space in the Obama years decrying that the ROSE GARDEN was destroyed by Melania Trump, but the facts are very clear. First Lady Melania Trump returned the rose garden back to its intended purpose!" she added. 






'Melania made Rose Garden look like her soul'

However, a number of people slammed Melania for focusing on attacking a historian's opinion of her past work when she could have used her platform to take on the Covid-19 crisis in the country. "Melania Trump releases an official statement on being called out for desecrating the Rose Garden, send is very silent #COVID19 prevention. Very interesting priorities @MELANIATRUMP," one of them said, while another noted, "We want our drapes back along with the Rose Garden along with the basketball court." A third noted, "Melania Trump did destroy the rose garden. Trump family destroys anything they touch." The next added, "The former First Lady should worry less about the criticism of her Rose Garden alterations and worry more about the hundreds of people dying every day from COVID because her husband and she decided to protect themselves with the vaccine in secret."

One more quipped, "Melania Trump, who was petty pushing racist birtherism, petty shunning Jill Biden from the WH, petty wearing her ‘I don’t really care do u’ jacket to kids in cages, petty claiming to be the most bullied person in the world - turns out is petty defending her butchered rose garden." A commenter tweeted, "One year ago this month, Melania Trump designed the Rose Garden to look just like her soul." Another commented, "Just like her pathetic husband, Melania Trump got her feelings hurt by tweets about her shitty rose garden renovation & took to Twitter about it. I guess the plagiarist doesn't fall far from the orange after all..." Another person reacted with, "Melania Trump destroyed Jackie Kennedy's Rose Garden because she didn't want to leave any doubt that she's as big an asshole as her husband."