NEWSWEEK CALLS 11-YEAR-OLD ENTREPRENEUR “OBSESSED”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 15, 2017) — On Friday, John Haltiwanger of Newsweek reported that an 11-year-old boy who operates his own lawn-care business and offered to mow the White House lawn followed through on that offer this morning.
On August 2, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read the June 1 letter from then-ten-year-old Frank Giaccio to the press corps and announced an invitation from the White House for the young man to spend part of a day mowing the lawn under the supervision of the White House groundskeeper.
Sanders commented that the Trump administration wishes to encourage entrepreneurship and the growth of America’s small businesses.
Frank likes people to address him as “FX,” which he revealed to Jesse Watters in an interview prior to providing his services at the Rose Garden.
Just before attending to his task on Friday, Frank interviewed with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo, telling her that he expected the experience to be “pretty much the best day of my life.”
A video from Reuters shows that Trump appeared while Frank was working and complimented him on the job he was doing. The two exchanged high-fives as Frank completed mowing a row of grass, turning around when he reached the walkway outside of the White House.
Apparently for public consumption, Trump put his hands on Frank’s shoulders and predicted that he “is going to be a Navy SEAL someday” and “do great things for our country.”
Haltiwanger’s article begins by describing Frank as “lawn care–obsessed.”
The article concludes with, “It is unclear if President Trump, who grew up in wealth in leafy Queens, New York, has ever mowed a lawn on his own. Newsweek reached out to the White House, but no response has been issued.”