Melania Trump: White House public tours to resume March 7

First Lady Melania Trump is planinng to keep the White House vegetable garden created by former First Lady Michelle Obama I take great pride in knowing that this little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes and dreams we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children. About two dozen lawmakers - who are the ones getting hounded for tickets - are signing on to a letter asking the White House to re-open the tours office, which notes that "Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama all appointed a White House Visitors Office Director before being sworn in, and had reopened the White House to the public at this point". "The White House is a remarkable and historic site and we are excited to share its beauty and history". "During World War II, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt planted a Victory Garden at the White House, encouraging all Americans to grow their own food to overcome supply shortages during the war". Chuck Grassley went on a Twitter rant about the tours being suspended and other complaints.

The tours had been temporarily suspended during the change in government and the beginning weeks of President Donald Trump's administration.

The first lady greeted the couple when they arrived at Andrews Air Force Base to fly aboard Air Force One to a weekend at the Trumps' Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. But his office said Tuesday that Iowa residents will be pleased by the news of the reopening and that "Mrs. G" is indeed Grassley's wife, Barbara Grassley.

Almost two weeks later, the White House Visitors Office, which handles tour requests and organizes events like the Easter Egg Roll and the National Christmas Tree lighting, still doesn't have a new leader, and federal officials are voicing concerns about the delay.

  • Larry Hoffman