The Washington Post reports:
President Trump’s reelection campaign is paying to replace sod on the White House South Lawn and Rose Garden after damage to the greenery late last month from large crowds and heavy equipment used for Republican National Convention festivities, White House and campaign officials said Tuesday.
Trump’s unprecedented decision to stage overtly political events on public property — which drew complaints that the Trumps were overtly using “the people’s house” for personal gain — continues to reverberate nearly two weeks later, as work crews re-sod grass and make other repairs.
The newly renovated White House Rose Garden is under repair less than three weeks after its official unveiling. The garden is experiencing “issues with water drainage” and “some minor complications with updated construction,” a source with knowledge of the garden troubles told CNN. New sod is also being laid down.
First lady Melania Trump on August 22 hosted a private party to celebrate the redone Rose Garden, which the public was told had been completed after approximately three weeks of renovation.
Trump on Monday held a news conference on the North Portico, an unusual outdoor location, but the source notes hosting press in seats at the Rose Garden “would not be doable” in the iconic garden’s current status.
Newly renovated Rose Garden now under repair https://t.co/T0FDcKX26F
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) September 8, 2020
NEW –> White House South Lawn and Rose Garden getting new sod after damages from Republican convention
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) September 8, 2020