A White House spokesman said Tuesday that taxpayers will not have to pay for the cost of re-sodding the Rose Garden.
“The sod is being replaced at no cost to taxpayers,” deputy press secretary Judd Deere told CNN.
Instead, the tab for the repairs to the grass will be paid for by the Trump campaign, a campaign official told CNN. The cost of the re-sod of the Rose Garden was not revealed. The campaign is also paying for repairs and replacement sod for the South Lawn, which was also damaged by events for the Republican National Convention.
Hundreds of guests were seated on the South Lawn during the convention, and a large tent was also erected. Additionally, a stage and lighting apparatus were built specifically for President Donald Trump to use the White House as the backdrop for his convention speech.
The Rose Garden renovation was paid for by private funds, solicited in large part by the Trust for the National Mall.
The White House has not said when the Rose Garden will be able to properly function.
Trump announced she was spearheading the Rose Garden overhaul in late July. The renovation included updates to plants, trees, grass and florals, as well as the addition of a new limestone border, pathways and technological elements to make the outdoor space more modernized for televised events.
The first lady’s renovation followed the guidelines from the garden’s original 1962 layout — but the update was largely panned by critics for looking substantially altered. Most discussed was the removal of 10 crabapple trees. The trees, which over the years had been replaced and were not the Kennedy-era originals, were transported to a National Park Service facility for care. According to a White House official, they will be replanted elsewhere on the grounds in the near future.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins contributed to this report.