MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A senior government official has apologized after workers cut down a 50-foot tree in a public park for use as a Christmas tree at a Donald Trump rally in Mobile, Ala.
The 50-foot cedar was decked with ornaments and placed in front of the a scoreboard of Ladd-Peebles Stadium ahead of Saturday’s rally, which was part of Trump’s USA Thank-You Tour 2016.
The tree had been growing in Public Safety Memorial Park, and the decision to fell it for the President-elect’s rally sparked controversy.
On Sunday, the city’s chief of staff, who is the principal deputy to the city’s mayor, issued an apology.
The statement reads:
Yesterday’s visit by President-Elect Trump to the City of Mobile was an incredible opportunity to showcase our City and offer a great event to those attending.
In preparing for this event, I worked closely with the advance team. In an effort to make sure every detail was covered and the expectations of the President-Elect’s team were exceeded, I became overzealous.
I now know there are citizens who are upset and offended that a tree from a City park was used as part of the decorations for the event. I accept full responsibility for having this done.
For this, I sincerely apologize. Going forward, I will be more sensitive to the spectrum of concerns regarding trees.
– Colby Cooper, Chief of Staff, City of Mobile