The Sunday Times - - WORLD -

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, 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 wanted to be when he grows up. “A Navy Seal!” he said. 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 ad­mired the Pres­i­dent’s busi­ness ac­u­men and ran 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 “jam-packed” with me­dia in­ter­views, wa­ter­ing plants, mow­ing the lawn and vis­it­ing the Oval Of­fice with his dad.

FX said he charged $8 per lawn but mowed 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 “hon­our to mow the White House lawn.” “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! (at) NatlParkSer­vice gives you an A+!” The tweet in­cluded video high­lights — com­plete with a photo of FX pos­ing with his el­bows on the Res­o­lute Desk in the Oval Of­fice next to Trump.

Top job: Frank Gi­ac­cio, 11, gets on with the job as US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump of­fers some en­cour­age­ment. Pic­ture: AP Foto/Jacquelyn Martin

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