Trump invites 11-year-old to mow Rose Garden lawn

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WASHINGTON – An 11-year-old boy in khaki shorts and a red polo shirt got the lawn mowing gig of his life on Friday when US President Donald Trump put him to work in the rose garden.

Frank Giaccio, who bears the initials FX, was so focused on his work that he didn’t even notice when Trump walked out of the White House to check on his work.

FX, who lives in the suburb of Falls Church, Va., Washington, continued to push the mower in a long, straight row as Trump walked alongside him.

When the boy finally stopped, the president called him “the future of the country right here” and asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. “A seal from the Navy!” exclaimed Trump. “Well, he’ll be fine.”

Standing with FX and his father, Trump added, “We’ll take them to the Oval Office. Maybe he’ll be president.”

How did FX get to the Rose Garden? The White House said FX wrote to Trump to say he admires the president’s business acumen and runs his own neighborhood lawn care business.

“It’s probably the biggest day of my life so far,” FX said afterwards.

He added that his day was “busy” with media interviews, watering the plants, mowing the lawn and visiting the Oval Office with his father. “It was a lot bigger than I thought it would be,” he said.

FX said it normally charges $ 8 per lawn, but decided to mow the White House lawn for free.

According to a letter White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders read to reporters, the boy wrote that it would be his “honor to mow the White House lawn.” He has also attached a menu of his services, which includes weeding.

For this job, FX donned goggles and earplugs and pushed a mower owned by the National Park Service. He was able to keep the black gardening gloves he used as a keepsake.

“My dad didn’t think I was going to meet the president at all – I was just going to mow the rose garden. But the president came by and said hello,” FX said.

Trump then tweeted: “THANK YOU for doing a great job this morning! @NatlParkService gives you an A +!

The tweet included video highlights from FX’s visit to the White House – with a photo of him elbowing on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office next to Trump.



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