Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover White House did not brief Pence team on swearing him in after Trump COVID-19 diagnosis: book MORE is unveiling a new tennis pavilion at the White House, months after she faced backlash for highlighting the project during the coronavirus pandemic.

β€œI am pleased to announce the completion of the Tennis Pavilion on the White House grounds," the first lady said Monday in a statement. Thanking the "talented craftsmen" and "generous supporters of the White House" who made the area possible, Trump said, β€œIt is my hope that this private space will function as both a place of leisure and gathering for future First Families.”

Planning for the refurbished courts and a new building, along with the Grandchildren's Garden, began in 2018. But critics slammed Trump after she tweeted a series of photos earlier this year about its development.


Alongside a snapshot of her sporting a construction hardhat, Trump tweeted she was "excited to share the progress of the Tennis Pavilion" back in March.

Critics called the tennis tweet insensitive during a time when the world was dealing with COVID-19. Trump later appeared to fire back at the criticism, tweeting, "I encourage everyone who chooses to be negative & question my work at the @WhiteHouse to take time and contribute something good & productive in their own communities."

The construction of the new tennis building was funded by private donations, according to the White House. Its design was inspired by "the existing architecture" at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., "in particular the East and West Wings," the first lady's press office said.