The Times-Tribune

Official apologizes after tree cut down

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The mayor’s chief of staff in Mobile, Alabama, is apologizin­g for his role in having a large tree cut down at a city park so it could be used as a prop during President-elect Donald Trump’s recent “thank you” rally.

Colby Cooper said he became “overzealou­s” while trying to ensure that expectatio­ns of Mr. Trump’s advance team were met.

Al.com reports that Mobile residents raised questions almost immediatel­y after the cedar tree at Public Safety Memorial Park was felled Friday. It was taken to Ladd-Peebles Stadium, placed in front of the scoreboard and decorated with Christmas ornaments to serve as a backdrop while Mr. Trump spoke at Saturday’s rally.

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