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Washington - Trump Invites 11-year-old Boy To Mow Rose Garden Lawn

Published on: September 15, 2017 11:31 AM
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Frank "FX" Giaccio, 11, of Falls Church, Va., is surprised by President Donald Trump, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, as he mows the lawn of the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. The 11-year-old was focused on the job at hand and didn't notice the president until he was right next to him. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Frank "FX" Giaccio, 11, of Falls Church, Va., is surprised by President Donald Trump, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, as he mows the lawn of the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. The 11-year-old was focused on the job at hand and didn’t notice the president until he was right next to him. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Washington - An 11-year-old boy in khaki shorts and a red polo shirt got the lawn-mowing gig of a lifetime Friday when President Donald Trump put him to work in the Rose Garden.

Frank Giaccio, who goes by the initials FX, was so focused on doing his job that he didn’t even notice when Trump emerged from the White House to check out his work.

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FX, who lives in the Washington suburb of Falls Church, Virginia, kept right on pushing the mower in a long, straight row as Trump walked alongside him.

When the boy finally paused, the president called him the “future of the country right here” and asked what he wants to be when he grows up. “A Navy seal!” Trump exclaimed. “Well, he’ll make it.”

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

Just how did FX make it to the Rose Garden? The White House said FX had written 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 afterward.

He added that his day was “jam-packed” with media interviews, watering plants, mowing the lawn and visiting the Oval Office with his dad. “It was a lot bigger than I thought,” he said.

FX said he normally charges $8 per lawn but decided to mow the White House lawn free of charge.

According to a letter that 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 also enclosed a menu of his services, which include weed-whacking.

For this job, FX donned goggles and ear plugs and pushed a mower belonging to the National Park Service. He got to keep the black gardening gloves he used as a souvenir.

“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 hi,” FX said.

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

The tweet included video highlights of FX’s White House visit — complete with a photo of him posing with his elbows on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office next to Trump.



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 Sep 15, 2017 at 11:43 AM Anonymous Says:

see trump is not a racist

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 Sep 15, 2017 at 11:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Our SPOILED yungerleit can learn a lesson from this fine young boy.

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 Sep 15, 2017 at 12:17 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

This is the sort of stuff President Trump needs to do to gain popularity. It is not important, it is staged, but still it lets us think of him in a better light.

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 Sep 15, 2017 at 12:24 PM Shimon Says:

Soon, we'll read articles from the liberal press accusing Trump of exploiting child labor.

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 Sep 15, 2017 at 12:37 PM TRump Iz Pandering Says:

TRump is union-busting!

The International Union of the Federal, State and Municipal Lawn-Mowers and Leaf-Blowers UNITE! Picket and strike for this un-American employment of child labor and media pandering!

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 Sep 15, 2017 at 02:38 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #3  
PaulinSaudi Says:

This is the sort of stuff President Trump needs to do to gain popularity. It is not important, it is staged, but still it lets us think of him in a better light.

The funny thing is you really believe you live in Saudi Arabia and not in some heimishe Jewish community in NY. Amazing how delusional people can be.

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 Sep 15, 2017 at 02:09 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Our SPOILED yungerleit can learn a lesson from this fine young boy.

Indeed! Some of them won't even help their elderly bubbies and zaides to shovel away snow from the sidewalk in front of their homes.

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 Sep 15, 2017 at 03:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Our SPOILED yungerleit can learn a lesson from this fine young boy.

I am a survivor ,my son was born here and he earned whatever he could , went to camp and worked there,kitchen, counselor and has a wonderful family bliyinhora, he is a shomer mitzvas. The spoiling is done by the parents who fail to set an example that money must earned and does fall vom himmel. How about spending $1,000 for stupid alligator yarmilke. The fact is some have money galore and others very little

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 Sep 15, 2017 at 04:01 PM Trump IZ Union Busting Says:

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TRump Iz Pandering Says:

TRump is union-busting!

The International Union of the Federal, State and Municipal Lawn-Mowers and Leaf-Blowers UNITE! Picket and strike for this un-American employment of child labor and media pandering!

If thats true thats a good thing. Unions are corrupt and crooked. They don't protect their workers. Its a myth. Down with the fake unions

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 Sep 15, 2017 at 04:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Trump should try mowing the lawn, or doing other exercise. In the past, he's made derogatory remarks about fat females.However, has anyone noticed how much weight Trump has gained, lately? His face is fat, his pippick is fat, and his tuchas also has shown signs of tremendous weight gain.

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 Sep 15, 2017 at 04:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Trump should try mowing the grass, or doing other exercise, as lately he's gained a tremendous amount of weight.

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 Sep 15, 2017 at 06:12 PM Bo Says:

Obumer brought a Muslim who made a bomb in clock.
b”h obumer is gone and Hillary is out!

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 Sep 16, 2017 at 08:37 PM Butterfly Says:

How much did the kid earn?

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 Sep 16, 2017 at 10:06 PM Anonymous Says:

To #7- My brother leaves on Avenue L, near the E. 30's streets. He told me that in the winter, he could always tell which homes belong to the gentiles and which homes belong to the frum people. He stated that the frum people do not expeditiously shovel the snow in front of their property (as required by law), to keep people from falling. On the other hand, the gentiles always maintain their property, and quickly clear their sidewalks.

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