11-Year-Old Cuts White House Lawn

Frank "FX" Giaccio mows the White House lawn with Donald Trump.

By Adam Farley, Deputy Editor
October / November 2017

Earlier this year, Falls Church, Virginia, resident Frank Giaccio, who is 11, went viral with a letter he wrote to President Donald Trump offering to mow the White House lawn free of charge, saying he respected the president’s business background and noting that he runs his own small grass-cutting business in his neighborhood.

This September, the president took him up on the offer and made a surprise appearance while Giaccio was on the clock, complimenting his “great job” and telling a group of assembled reporters that “he’s going to do great things for our country.” Giaccio also earned a high-five from the president.

Giaccio’s mother, Anne, is a fluent Irish speaker and originally from Malahide, County Dublin. “We were actually at home in Ireland at the time, on holidays – and Greg [Frank’s father] stays here for a few weeks and joins us at the end – so he was getting phone calls from the White House,” she told the Irish Mirror.

“I was actually pretty low on money. I had to buy a leaf blower and some other things. But with my business I’ll get that back,” Frank told RTÉ. The event gave him a “major hit,” he said. “I’m planning on growing my business, going into different subjects, like babysitting.” ♦

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