Melania Trump’s newly-renovated White House Rose Garden is undergoing repair just three weeks after the new changes were revealed and the first lady gave her speech to the Republican National Convention, making her case for President Donald Trump’s second term.
The garden is experiencing ‘issues with water drainage’ and ‘some minor complications with updated construction,’ a source told CNN.
President Trump has been taking a motorcade to Joint Base Andrews for his trips the past two weeks – an unusual move given he usually flies in Marine One to the base to catch his flight on Air Force One.
The White House press office on Tuesday said he’s been driving instead because of construction on the South Lawn, which is where Marine One takes off and lands.
Melania Trump’s newly-renovated White House Rose Garden is undergoing repair just three weeks after the new changes were revealed
The garden was closed for about five weeks as construction took place and is now closed again for repair work
President Trump on Monday held a news conference on the North Portico, an unusual outdoor location for him to take questions from the press as such events are usually in Rose Garden
President Trump has been taking a motorcade to Joint Base Andrews to catch Air Force One instead of Marine One, which takes off from South Lawn
And, on Monday, the president held a news conference on the North Portico, an unusual outdoor location for him to take questions from the press.
‘We have a lot to be thankful for, including this really beautiful day. It’s why I thought we’d do this outside as opposed to in your more normal place,’ President Trump told reporters at the start of his Labor Day press conference.
But the usual location for the president’s outdoor news conferences is the Rose Garden.
The first lady gave her convention speech from the area on August 25 but there was a turf put down for the event.
Washington DC had an abnormally wet summer, with a steady stream of rain in July and August. The 18.75 inches of rain was more than eight inches above average – the downpours the side effect of Tropical Storm Isaias and Hurricane Laura.
Melania Trump unveiled her renovations to the White House Rose Garden on August 22, a project she had been working on for months.
Paid for by private donations, the first lady returned the garden to its roots, honouring the original design by Bunny Mellon, made at the request of President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
Melania Trump and President Donald Trump hosted a private reception for the donors, whose names are not being publicly released, in the new Rose Garden that night. Members of the media were given a preview of the garden that morning.
‘Gardens are symbols of growth and hope. We celebrate this garden in the hope that future generations will not only enjoy – but also draw inspiration and strength – from this space where so much