Giaccio was about three-quarters of the way through trimming the
50-by-100-foot area with a red-and-black power mower, Mr. Trump made a
special appearance. Frank briefly acknowledged the president and greeted
him but continued his work.
“Future of the country right there. We’re lucky. That’s the real
future of the country,” the president said. “Maybe he’ll be president.”
Trump gave Giaccio several high-fives and pats on the back as he
continued cutting. He rooted him on and perused his line work on the
tall, green fescue lawn.
“Have you done this before?” the president joked as he followed Giaccio.
During a brief mowing pause, the president asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up.
is Frank. He is going to be very famous,” Mr. Trump said. “He is going
to be a Navy Seal one day. He’s going to do great things for our
A U.S. Park Service employee and Giaccio’s father
supervised his work, and afterward, Mr. Trump invited them in for a
behind-the-scenes tour of the Oval Office and to snap pictures
commemorating the occasion.
White House press secretary Sarah
Huckabee Sanders had talked about Giaccio’s letter during a late-July
press conference. Sanders applauded Giaccio’s knack for combining his
landscaping skills with business savvy, and she promised that the
president would allow him into the White House one day. Giaccio wrote
the letter to the president when he was 10 years old, but has since had a
His letter read: “Dear Mr. President, It would be my
honor to mow the White House lawn for some weekend for you. 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’ve been mowing my neighbor’s lawn for some time. Please see
the attached flyer. Here’s a list of what I have, and you’re free to
pick whatever you want: power mower, push mower, and weed wacker. I can
bring extra fuel for the power mower and charge batteries for the weed
wacker. I will do this at no charge. Sincerely, Frank.”
Giaccio concluded his freelance landscaping gig at the White House with a
stop at the press briefing room. There, he posed for photographs and
thanked the president and Sanders for inviting him. Afterward, Giaccio
called it “probably the biggest day” of his entire life and promised he
won’t charge his neighbors more just because he can now add “White House
lawn cutter” to his resume.”