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Trump rally tree to be used for cat scratching, bird feeding

FILE – In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, file photo, President-elect, Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Authorities in Mobile said the tree cut down in a city park and used as a prop in Trump’s recent rally will be used to build cat scratching posts and bird houses. The mayor is the head of the employees apologized for his role in the have of the large cedar tree cut down, saying that he was “overzealous” in trying to meet the expectations of Trump’s team. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Associated Press)

MOBILE, Ala. – Alabama officials say that a tree felled in a park and used as a prop in the President-elect Donald Trump’s recent rally will be used to build cat scratching posts and bird houses.

Colby Cooper apologized for his role in the have of the large cedar tree cut down and decorated for Christmas. Cooper is head of staff for Mobile mayor Sandy Stimson.

Cooper said that he was “overzealous” in trying to meet the expectations of Trump’s team for the president-elect’s Dec. 17 “thank you” rally.

City officials said Thursday the branches of a tree will be given to the Girl Scouts, so they can make cat scratching posts for animal shelters.

The city said the tree will go to the Boy Scouts to make bluebird houses and bird feeders for nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

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