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City of Mobile apologizes for tree cut from city park for Trump's visit

(SOURCE: WPMI)

UPDATE: Both Colby Cooper and Mayor Stimpson have commented further.



Mayor Stimpson released the following statement regarding the Christmas Tree at Ladd-Peebles Stadium:

I have spoken with the Chief of Staff regarding Saturday’s visit to the City of Mobile by the President-Elect. He made a mistake by directing our employees to cut down a tree from a city park and install it at Ladd-Peebles Stadium for the event. I have accepted his apology for that mistake.
At my direction, the tree will be repurposed and our city staff has a plan in place to replant three Cedar trees in Public Safety Memorial Park.
Moving forward, we will ensure this mistake does not happen again. Vibrant public parks are central to my vision for making Mobile the most family-friendly city in America, and we are committed to safeguarding our signature trees.


ORIGINAL STORY:

A tree was cut down from a city park to be used as a decoration at Ladd-Peebles for President-elect's 'Thank You Tour."

Viewers have been calling and messaging Local 15 News asking to look into why city officials decided this was a good use of public property.

Sunday night , Colby Cooper, Chief of Staff for the city of Mobile offered an official statement of apology for having a tree cut down from a city park to be used as a decoration for President-elect Trump's visit to Mobile, Ala. on Saturday:

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

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