Pres­i­dent Trump in­vites a Vir­ginia boy with a mow­ing business to as­sist White House land­scap­ers.

En­tre­pre­neur, 11, joins White House land­scap­ers for the day

The Washington Post - - METRO - BY JUSTIN WM. MOYER

On Aug. 2, as re­porters lobbed ques­tions about sanc­tions on Rus­sia fol­low­ing its med­dling in the 2016 elec­tion, White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders took the time to read a let­ter to Pres­i­dent Trump from Frank Gi­ac­cio, a 10-year-old from Falls Church, Va. Frank, a young en­tre­pre­neur, had a pitch for the deal­maker in chief: He wanted to mow the White House lawn.

“Even though I’m only 10, I’d like to show the na­tion what young peo­ple like me are ready for,” San­ders read. “I ad­mire your back­ground in business, and I’ve started my own.”

On Friday, the sixth-grader, now 11, got his wish: As Trump looked on, Frank donned safety gog­gles, earplugs and gar­den­ing gloves — then took one item off the White House land­scap­ers’ to-do list.

“That’s the real fu­ture of the coun­try right there — we’re lucky,” the pres­i­dent said. “Maybe he’ll be pres­i­dent some­day.”

Greg Gi­ac­cio, Frank’s fa­ther, said Friday that his son was await­ing a tour of the White House.

Af­ter Frank started a lawn­mow­ing business, his fa­ther said, it just made sense to reach out to high-pro­file cus­tomers.

“You have this im­age that [pres­i­dents] are in­ti­mately in­volved with ev­ery­thing,” Gi­ac­cio said. “He started a business — ob­vi­ously, Trump is in the news all the time. He said, ‘Maybe I’ll write him.’ ”

Gi­ac­cio, who works for the U.S. Of­fice of Spe­cial Coun­sel — an agency with over­sight over fed­eral em­ploy­ees, not to be con­fused with spe­cial coun­sel Robert S. Mueller III and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion — de­clined to say whom he sup­ported in the race, cit­ing the Hatch Act. But he said that Frank, the old­est of four chil­dren, be­gan sup­port­ing Trump early in the Repub­li­can pri­mary de­bates.

Frank isn’t the only let­ter-writer in the fam­ily. “One of my younger kids wants to write NASA to get a trip to the moon,” Gi­ac­cio said.

Frank had pre­vi­ously writ­ten to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, Gi­ac­cio added, but got only a form let­ter in re­sponse.

Trump tweeted a video that shows Frank at work be­hind a Honda mower with a steely-eyed stare be­fore meet­ing Vice Pres­i­dent Pence. Then he met Trump in the Oval Of­fice.

“THANK YOU for do­ing a GREAT job this morn­ing!” Trump said in the tweet, adding that the Na­tional Park Ser­vice gave the boy an “A+.”

Af­ter the mow, at the press sec­re­tary’s podium, a sweaty Frank wasn’t pre­pared to of­fer re­marks.

“Let’s not make Frank have to do an im­promptu press con­fer­ence — un­less you want to,” San­ders said to him.

How­ever, Frank did make a few com­ments, say­ing he wished to thank his fa­ther, San­ders, Trump and “a cou­ple of other peo­ple” for the lawn-mow­ing op­por­tu­nity.

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