Sep 13, 2017, 7:08 PM ET

White House takes up 11-year-old on offer to mow Rose Garden lawn


Earlier this year, Frank, an 11-year-old from Virginia, wrote to President Donald Trump to tout his burgeoning neighborhood lawn-mowing business and offer to travel to Washington, D.C. to work on the White House grass.

On Friday, he'll get his wish.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders revealed Wednesday that Frank will be visiting to work with the White House groundskeeping team and will assist with landscaping work in the Rose Garden.

"The president is committed to keeping the American Dream alive for kids like Frank and we're all looking forward to having him here," said Sanders.

On August 2, Sanders read from Frank's letter during that day's press briefing.

"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," read Sanders, who explained Frank has recently celebrated a birthday and turned 11.

"I have been mowing my neighbors’ lawns for some time… Here’s a list of what I have and you are free to pick whatever you want: power mower, push mower, and weed whacker. I can bring extra fuel for the power mower and charged batteries for the weed whacker," she continued.

The press secretary said she had spoken with Trump who offered his support to Frank. He further invited him to visit to see "how the U.S. Park Service maintains the 18 acres of the White House complex," said Sanders.

The first White House rose garden was created by First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson, the wife of President Woodrow Wilson, according to the White House Historical Association. The grounds' gardens were renovated and expanded in the early 1960s.

ABC News' Alexander Mallin contributed to this report.

News - White House takes up 11-year-old on offer to mow Rose Garden lawn

RRelated Posts


  • dtrainsdad

    Trump came out to thank him and offer him 60 cents on the dollar for his work.

  • BassPlyr73 Again

    Pretty cool story, this is something this young man will never forget.

  • Evan German

    I wonder if Trump is looking to make a deal to reduce WH maintenance costs. It's possible Trump hasn't realized that would mean job losses in the Parks Service, who now do that work. For a jobs jobs jobs President, he seems to just prefer lower costs instead of qualified and 'legal age' workmen who pay taxes etc.

  • Sejal

    terribly ominous story. The thought that there are children in our country who see Trump as a role model and want to be just like him makes me shutter.

  • Jim

    He's probably the same age as the kids that make his ties in China

  • thee1truth

    Pssst,hey fake Presidont,

    Ummm,this is why they have child labor laws.

    Better tie this to volunteerism,becuase it would be hilarious,absolutely hilarious, if the chumpster got hit with a charge.

  • Derp

    Now budding sociopaths can write directly to the President for recognition.

  • Peter Pant

    what a load of BS. the american dream for kids now is lawn mowing? no wonder why trump is so serious about deporting the illegals who normally does these jobs. i am so excited with the children's future then.