As Donald Trump's presidency comes to a close, there is plenty to look back on, including his inner circle.

For Melania Trump, there were many controversial moments in four years as the first lady. For starters, she redesigned Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House rose garden, which drew major criticism on Twitter. Melania Trump had President John F. Kennedy’s crab apple trees removed and replaced by green shrubbery, white flowers and limestone pathways.

The newly landscaped garden seemed to lack color, and some even questioned if the construction was necessary amid the ongoing pandemic. 

But the garden was among the least contentious moments. A more eyebrow-raising one came in October when a recording surfaced of her bashing her Christmas decorating duties.

"I'm working my a-- off with the Christmas stuff that, you know, who gives a f--- about Christmas stuff and decorations but I need to do it, right?" Melania Trump was heard telling her friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

"And then I do it, and I say I'm working on Christmas and planning for Christmas," she continued. "And they say, 'What about the children that are separated?' Give me a f---ing break."

In the recording, Melania Trump also cast doubt on the authenticity of some immigrants' accounts of fleeing danger in their home countries.

"A lot of like moms and kids they are teached how to do it. They go over and they say like, 'Oh, we will be killed by a gang member, we will be, you know, it's so dangerous,'" she said in a sarcastic tone. "So they are allowed to stay here."

There were also multiple examples of Melania Trump slapping away or resisting the hand of Donald Trump.

 

 

But arguably the most provocative moment of Melania Trump came in June 2018.

She received backlash after she wore an olive-colored jacket with the print “I really don’t care, do you?” on while Texas trip to visit migrant children separated from their parents.

Her spokeswoman initially insisted that it was “just a jacket. There was no hidden message.” 

Later it was revealed by Wolkoff that Melania Trump said, “I’m driving liberals crazy. You know what? They deserve it.”

Wolkoff claimed said Melania Trump said that people “connect stuff to my clothes,” but she wears what she wears “because I like it.”

The border situation was a key moment in the Trump administration. Donald Trump signed an executive order to stop separating families at the border after pictures of children in cages sparked harsh criticism. 

First Lady Melania Trump is to address the Republican National Convention First Lady Melania Trump is to address the Republican National Convention Photo: AFP / SAUL LOEB