Richard Emory Gatchell, Jr., first lady, Melania Trump, and Mary Jean Eisenhower, participating in a presidential tree planting ceremony on the South lawn of the White house
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The First lady, Melania Trump, came from the descendants of the past presidents Monday, as she helped plant a sapling from an Eisenhower-era oak tree on the South grounds of the White house.
The 12-to-14-foot tree came from the original Eisenhower oak tree that towers over a the East wing of the garden created by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. He replaced a tree that was felled during a March storm and removed, and groundskeepers.
The first lady was assisted in the planting of Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of the 34th President, and Richard Emory Gatchell, Jr., a fifth generation grandson of President James Monroe.
Other descendants of the President, in town for a summit organized by the White house Historical Association and the board members of the organization, is also a short ceremonial planting under a hot late-August sun.
“We are honored to have a place here for another historic monument,” Mrs. Trump said. “It is a very special day.”
The first lady thanked the National Park Service for the preservation of the White house-plot in “beautiful shape, and the whole of America is in good shape.” They also wanted to include the White house Historical Association “lucky” with his summit.
“It is a beautiful tree that we will plant today,” she said, before she and her two guests, each throwing with gold-toned shovels, shovels dirt at the tree.
The President and the first lady planned a White house reception Wednesday evening for the White house Historical Association.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.