The White House in Washington, D.C. is perhaps the most secure location in the entire world. Not many people get access to grounds of the White House, and touching the grass on the lawn is handled by world class professionals to maintain a pristine appearance. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that the White House lawn isn’t handled by children. That changed thanks to an 11 year old named Frank Giaccio, who asked if he could expand his lawn mowing business to the President’s home.
Giaccio typically charges his customers $8 per lawn, no matter the size, but didn’t make a dime from his most recent job. While in the middle of a busy mowing season, Giaccio wrote to President Donald Trump to see if he would be able to mow the lawn, while bringing his own fuel and batteries to power his mower. In the letter, Giaccio wrote that “I would like to show the nation what young people like me are ready for.”
Giaccio also included a full list of the landscaping services that he offers, and said it would be “an honor” if he landed this one-time gig. The White House contacted Giaccio and his family after Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read the letter to news reporters. “He’ll work with the groundskeeping crew here at the White House and will help cut the grass in the Rose Garden,” Huckabee Sanders said. “The President is committed to keeping the American dream alive for kids like Frank and we’re looking forward to having him here.”
Just a couple of days later, Giaccio showed up to the White House, ready to work, wearing his signature red polo and khaki shorts. Using a push mower, Giaccio got started mowing the Rose Garden up and down, completely focused on his work. Giaccio was too busy to even notice that the President walked up to him in the middle of mowing to tell him how great a job Giaccio was doing. Laughs could be heard from photographers when Giaccio didn’t even notice that President Trump was walking alongside him.
When he was finished, Giaccio finally noticed who had been supervising his mowing, and the pair exchanged an enthusiastic high five. Members of the White House staff, including the President himself, brought Giaccio and his father into the Oval Office and the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. When speaking with the President, Giaccio said that he wanted to become a Navy SEAL someday. Trump said that “He’ll make it,” and called Giaccio “the future of the country…we’re lucky.” Trump added Frank is “going to be very famous…he’s going to do great things for the country.”
In fact, Trump set the bar even higher for Giaccio, saying that “Maybe he’ll be President,” one day. When asked about his time getting to mow the lawn and hang out in some of the most exclusive places in the world, Giaccio said “So far it’s pretty much the best day of my life.” At his press conference, members of the press were asking if Giaccio would be willing to mow their lawns, as well.
Standing next to the youngster, Huckabee Sanders joked with him saying “Make sure these guys pay you top dollar. Tell them if you’re part of the press, you have a special deal that’s double the normal rate. I think that’s pretty fair.” Thankfully, Giaccio is a little too young to be worried about the politics that go into working with the press at the White House, and his focus right now is just to continue to work hard and keep mowing lawns at his reasonable rate. However, Giaccio was able to waive his fee this time around because of the special occasion.
After their meeting, Trump unsurprisingly took to Twitter to share the video of Giaccio working on the White House grounds. “On behalf of (First Lady of the United States Melania Trump) & myself. Thank you for doing a great job this morning. (The National Park Service) gives you an A+!”