Ex-NYT reporter mocked for critical tweet on 11-year-old moving WH lawn


Former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse was mocked on social media after criticizing the Trump administration’s decision to allow an 11-year-old boy to mow the Rose Garden lawn last week.


“Not sending a great signal on child labor, minimum wage & occupational safety >> Trump White House lets a 10-year-old volunteer mow its lawn,” Greenhouse, a veteran reporter of the Times for 31 years, tweeted.

{mosads}The perspective from Greenhouse came after sixth-grader Frank Giaccio cut the grass on Friday at the invitation of President Trump.

“The sanctimonious and humorless finger-wagging of nanny state progressivism in one tweet,” wrote conservative Bill Kristol.




The Daily Wire, which was founded in 2015 by former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro, called Greenhouse’s tweet the “most idiotic tweet ever.”

Giaccio owns a lawn-mowing business and said he has several customers in his neighborhood. 
He wrote a letter over the summer to the White House asking if he could mow the Rose Garden lawn free of charge.


After hundreds of replies critical of his initial tweet, Greenhouse was steadfast in his opinion.

Greenhouse accepted a buyout from the Times in 2014 but still occasionally writes for the paper.

His most recent piece was published on Sept. 2 under the title “Is Trump Really Pro-Worker?”


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