Melania Trump Trolled Over Her 'Legacy Piece': 'Does the White House Need an Entire Tennis Court Pavilion?'

First Lady Melania Trump's initiative to build a tennis court pavilion in the ground of the White House has prompted a wave of criticism on Twitter, with users suggesting the project was not one ordinary Americans could relate to.

Melania shared pictures of herself posing with a shovel in the grounds of the White House announcing the start of construction on the project—but was blasted by some for being tone deaf amid larger controversies in Washington and across the country.

"Exciting to break ground on the new tennis pavilion project at the White House today. Thank you to all who will help in making this legacy piece possible for future first families to gather at and enjoy for years to come," she said in a series of tweets.

"I am pleased to announce the ground breaking of a new tennis pavilion on the White House grounds. This structure will be a testament to American craftsmanship and skill, Melania's @FLOTUS account continued.

Exciting to break ground on the new tennis pavilion project at the White House today. Thank you to all who will help in making this legacy piece possible for future first families to gather at and enjoy for years to come. @theNationalMall @NatlParkService pic.twitter.com/UcYLeJ27Ni

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 8, 2019

"It is my hope that this private space will function as both a place of leisure and a gathering place for future First Families. Thank you to the many talented people involved for their dedication and support," she added.

But the picture of her posing shovel in hand prompted one user to suggest she was attempting to build an escape tunnel from the White House—a dig that previously circulated when a sinkhole in the White House grounds collapsed last year.

Melania digging a hole on the far end of the "tennis pavilion project." "I am just checking on tennis court, Donald," she says as she plots her underground escape tunnel. https://t.co/DzqzcaxFIf

— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 8, 2019

The pavilion is intended to link areas of the White House grounds cultivated by Melania's predecessors, including former first lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden, and the Children's Garden founded by Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson.

But the first lady's announcement may have missed the mark somewhat, with a number of social media users questioning the timing of the announcement, given the impeachment inquiry her husband is facing, and others suggesting the construction of the building was out of touch.

One of @FLOTUS's photos from the tennis pavilion groundbreaking includes @realDonaldTrump (far left), so he also did that today. pic.twitter.com/kMyy3iabsC

— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) October 8, 2019

"FINALLY a legacy the entire country can relate to and celebrate... Just kidding," one user wrote, while another added: "Why does WH need to build an entire tennis court pavilion?"

why does WH need to build an entire tennis court pavilion? https://t.co/o67ZVi40b6

— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) October 8, 2019

Obviously @FLOTUS doesn't play golf. But, hey, every White House should have a tennis pavilion. Meanwhile babies in cages scream for their mamis and in Syria innocents are dying. But, yeah. #priorities https://t.co/2GPtDNob5u

— Ellen Hopkins (@EllenHopkinsLit) October 9, 2019

FINALLY a legacy the entire country can relate to and celebrate... Just kidding. https://t.co/39kf8dx3oA

— Terrific, Terrible T (@tamtime) October 9, 2019

There were also numerous questions about the funding of the pavilion and whether it was a waste of taxpayers' money—however, the pavilion is being funded by private donors, CNN reported, noting the names of the donors had not been made public as yet.

Previous president Barack Obama adapted the White House tennis court so that it could also be used as a basketball court shortly after taking office.

The first lady has previously been criticized for being tone deaf, after wearing a jacket printed with the words: "I really don't care. Do U?" in the midst of the border crisis, and posting a tweet about how best to impact children as her husband's policies separated families arriving at the U.S. southern border.