City official apologizes after tree cut down for Trump rally

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Posted: Dec 19, 2016 1:34 PM
City official apologizes after tree cut down for Trump rally

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The mayor's chief of staff in Mobile, Alabama, is apologizing for his role in having a large tree cut down at a city park so it could be used as a prop during President-elect Donald Trump's recent "thank you" rally.

Colby Cooper said he became "overzealous" while trying to ensure that expectations of Trump's advance team were met.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/2hAuyZB ) that Mobile residents raised questions almost immediately after the cedar tree at Public Safety Memorial Park was felled Friday. It was taken to Ladd-Peebles Stadium, placed in front of the scoreboard and decorated with Christmas ornaments to serve as a backdrop while Trump spoke at Saturday's rally.

In his apology, Cooper said that in the future he will be "more sensitive to the spectrum of concerns regarding trees."