In the White House garden, tomatoes are rotting on the vine and the weed growth is unchecked. Reuters is reporting that:

"Due to the shutdown, garden maintenance has been reduced considerably and only being watered as needed," a White House official confirmed, speaking on background.

It is entirely plausible, this being a government operation, that:

... White House gardeners are allowed only to water the plots and cannot harvest the vegetables.

But it is hard to fathom exactly why the White House official had to speak "on background." Are we keeping this from the Iranians?

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