At least 1,143 deaths from coronavirus were reported on August 21 as Melania Trump revealed photos of the makeover of the White House Rose Garden.
The overall death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in America is at least 175,695.
The controversial reimagining of the iconic White House location was shown off by the Trump administration and its allies in new photos.
But immediately many began taking note of the tone-deafness of touting a garden while the country suffers through the worst pandemic in generations.
“Congratulations to @FLOTUS on the completion of her beautiful renovation of the @WhiteHouse Rose Garden!” Trump campaign aide Boris Epshteyn pointed out on his Twitter account.
In addition to the poorly timed reveal, many also questioned the aesthetics of the redo. The Trumps had many of the Rose Garden’s colorful flowers removed, only to be replaced with white ones.
About Melania Trump
Melania Trump was born Melania Knauss on April 26, 1970. She is originally from Slovenia. She has worked as a model, and businesswoman, before becoming the first lady of the United States.
She was born in Novo Mesto, and grew up in Sevnica, in the Yugoslavian republic of Slovenia. She worked as a fashion model through agencies located in Milan and Paris, and moved to New York City in 1996. Her modeling career was associated with Irene Marie Models and Trump Model Management.
In 2001, she became a permanent resident of the United States. Four years later, she married Donald Trump in 2005 and obtained U.S. citizenship in 2006. She is the second first lady, after Louisa Adams who has been born outside the United States and the first one to be a naturalized citizen. She is the first first lady whose native language is not English.
Marriage With Donald Trump
Melania and Donald Trump were engaged in 2004. On January 22, 2005, they were married at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. The wedding was followed by a reception in the ballroom at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The marriage was her first and his third. Several celebrities attended Trump’s wedding, including Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Rudy Giuliani, Heidi Klum, Star Jones, P. Diddy, Shaquille O’Neal, Barbara Walters, Conrad Black, Regis Philbin, Simon Cowell, Kelly Ripa, then-Senator Hillary Clinton, and former president Bill Clinton. At the wedding reception, Billy Joel serenaded the crowd with “Just the Way You Are” and sung “The Lady Is a Tramp” with new lyrics. The Trumps’ wedding ceremony and reception were widely covered by the media, as many of the events in Donald Trump’s life have. She wore a $200,000 dress made by John Galliano of the house of Christian Dior.
On March 20, 2006, Melania Trump gave birth to their son, Barron William Trump. She chose his middle name, while her husband chose his first name. Donald Trump has used the name “Barron” in the past as a pseudonym while leaking flattering material to the press for articles and other coverage relating to him.