President Trump supporters were cheered by images of an 11-year-old boy mowing the White House Lawn last week. But one New York Times reporter is insisting Trump’s decision to allow it sent a dangerous, dangerous message to America.
Earlier this year, young Frank Giaccio of Falls Church, Virginia wrote Trump a letter offering to mow the lawn of the presidential mansion.
“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,” Frank wrote. “I admire your business background and have started my own business.”
Last week, Frank got his wish after he was allowed to mow the Rose Garden. Trump even came out to thank him, talk with Frank and his dad, and invite them inside for a rare tour of the Oval Office. The publicity photos Frank got with the president are expected to be a huge boost to his lawn mowing business.
Even at the beginning of the day before any of that happened, Frank was calling it “pretty much the best day of my life.” But former New York Times labor reporter, Steven Greenhouse, who still writes on occasion for the publication, thinks the 11-year-old was duped by a president exploiting him for child labor. He blasted Trump in a reply to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ tweet.
Not surprisingly, his comment was hit with a storm of replies.
But Greenhouse doubled down on his comments, blasting all his naysayers by writing, “All these snowflakes had a meltdown because I said it might not be smart or safe for an 11-year-old to operate a power mower. It's great for Frank to want to help—But American Academy of Pediatrics says no one under 12 shud use power mower. People who don't think about child labor or job safety don't realize that young kids & mowers aren't a great fit. I'm not criticizing Trump here. I've written lots about child labor & occupational safety—Mowers can be dangerous.”
Greenhouse has a tendency to criticize Trump on Twitter multiple times a day. What do you think of his comments here? In other political news, here’s what made Sunday’s Emmy Awards so awful to watch and why they’re losing viewers like crazy.