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.
FX, who lives in the Washington suburb of Falls Church, Va., 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 list of his services, which include weed-whacking.
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