Trump first posted about the pavilion on his social media, sharing his photo, and the project has been working since October 2019 to break the ground with the ritual gold shovel in hand.
Just as the global coronavirus pandemic began its dramatic spread in the United States after devastating Europe, March released comments about follow-up post-timing on the progress of the new building.
“I’m excited to share the progress of the tennis pavilion at the White House. Thank you to the talented team for their hard work and dedication,” Trump shared on March 5, with Trump wearing a tight-fitting hat and looking up construction photos with photos.
The setback was rapid and two days later prompted a rare public defense from Trump: “I urge everyone who chooses to be negative (and) question my work at the White House and take the time and offer good (and) productivity on their own.”
The tennis pavilion is not open to the public and is not a community project. According to the First Lady it should be used only by the first families for “leisure time”.
Funding to pay for the pavilion on the South Lawn near Michelle Obama’s White House Kitchen Garden was provided by a private donation from the Trust for National Mall, which also sought funding for Trump’s other project, the restored Rose Garden. .
The White House has so far refused to disclose the list of donors.
Last June, the National Park Service, which operates the White House’s 18 – acre grounds, submitted a proposal to the National Capital Planning Commission for a new tennis pavilion. The proposal described the structure as “about 1,200 square feet in area and about 18 feet in height”, with a “limestone cladding” and a “copper roof”.
The First Lady’s interior designer also worked on furniture for the interior, according to a source familiar with the situation.