In an interview on Sunday (30 April), Trump blasted criticisms of First Lady Melania Trump and noted how hard it would be for their young son Barron to leave his school in NY. It was inspired by a patient whose dying wish was to go outside. Trump, as well as former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter, serve as honorary chairs.
"It took so many kind and caring people focused on these very courageous and incredible children", she told the audience of donors, doctors and a few patients. "This garden will be a quiet space for children to benefit from nature's most important elements: fresh air and handsome views to relax and enjoy in peace".
The garden is named for Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a friend of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The two are expected to move to the White House once Barron finishes up the school year. It was a ideal blend of cause and donor; Mellon's family and her Gerard B. Lambert Foundation donated $5 million. "Would I design it for him?"
More than half a million people signed a petition demanding she move straight to Washington or foot herself the bill for the $127,000-$146,000 a day security costs of staying behind in NY. "What gardener could resist?"
After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Melania Trump sat a table with young patients, helping them with a craft activity: painting flower pots.
Donald Trump downplayed this incident, saying that what happened "was not booing like we all know it".
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Among all the patients on the day, Melania made a special bond with a girl who was celebrating her birthday.
"My birthday was this Wednesday", Trump told the girl.
President Donald Trump recently revealed that his role as Chief Executive has been a strain on his family.
She has been reluctant to embrace the role, and it wasn't until late March that she gave her first formal on-camera remarks at the 2017 secretary of state's International Woman of Courage Awards.
Melania Trump has spoken publically several times in the last few months.
The children seemed to approve of the First Lady, as they were pictured laughing and giving her hugs. "Beautiful! I love it".