White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Kicked Out Of Restaurant Over Trump Connection

| June 24 , 2018 , 10:24 IST

US President Donald Trump has mixed reviews, while many are in favour of him and his strong policies, others are not. The negative views of Trump extended to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Saturday, as she claimed that she had been kicked out of a restaurant in the US state of Virginia by its owner because she worked for President Trump.

In a tweet from the official handle of the White House press secretary, Sanders said, "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so."

Sanders' tweet received mixed reactions, while some hailed her for exiting from the restaurant 'politely' when asked, others slammed her for using the official press secretary handle to settle scores by publically naming the restaurant.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Wilkinson the co-owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, in an interview with the Washington Post said that she would do the same thing again if the situation presented itself.

“I would have done the same thing again,” she said. 

“We just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one,” Wilkinson added.

She described how the chef of the restaurant had called her when Sarah Sanders came in and sat down at the restaurant, joining a group of others.

“He said the staff is a little concerned. What should we do?” Wilkinson told The Washington Post. “I said I’d be down to see if it’s true.”

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Wilkinson said that although she and her restaurant had managed to keep politics away from their establishment, she believed that Sarah Huckabee Sanders worked in the service of an “inhumane and unethical” administration.

“Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave,” Wilkinson told her staff.

“They said ‘yes.’ ” she said.

“I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” Wilkinson said, “I said, ‘I’m the owner. I’d like you to come out to the patio with me for a word.’ ”

“I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion. I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation," she said.

“I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’ ”

Sanders’s response was immediate, Wilkinson said: ” ‘ That’s fine. I’ll go.’ ”