The White House got a new landscaper this week.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Wednesday that an 11-year-old boy named Frank Giaccio would be traveling from Virginia to work with the White House groundskeeping team and assist in landscaping work on Friday. She posted a photo of Frank "hard at work" mowing the lawn Friday on Twitter, praising him for "doing a great job!"
President Trump went outside to meet Frank on the lawn.
In front of reporters, the president asked the young boy what he wants to be when he grows up. Frank's answer: a U.S. Navy SEAL.
“This is Frank, he’s going to be very famous, he’s going to be a Navy SEAL one day, he’s going to do great things for the country,” Trump told reporters. The president later invited Frank, along with his father, into the Oval Office.
In August, Frank wrote to President Trump to offer his lawn-moving services. "Dear Mr. President, it would be my honor to mow the White House lawn for some weekend for you," he wrote. "Even though I’m only 10, I'd like to show the nation what young people like me are ready for. I admire your business background and have started my own business."
"I have been mowing my neighbors’ lawns for some time… Here’s a list of what I have and you are free to pick whatever you want: power mower, push mower, and weed whacker," he continued. "I can bring extra fuel for the power mower and charged batteries for the weed whacker."
Sanders' tweet showing Frank mowing the lawn generated thousands of likes and comments.
How cool! One of the neatest things ever! At-a-boy Frank!— Mike Gaulke 🇺🇸 😎 (@MikeGaulke) September 15, 2017
Others, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, labeled it "unpaid child labour."
I didn't know that the white house advocates unpaid child labour— Paul (@Archer_toursfc) September 15, 2017
This commenter said adults could learn a thing or two from Frank.