Watch: Sarah Huckabee Sanders responds to Red Hen controversy


White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to her Friday controversy of being asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.

“Healthy debate on ideas and political philosophy is important, but the calls for harassment and push for any Trump supporter to avoid the public is unacceptable,” Sanders told reporters at the top of Monday’s White House press briefing. “America is a great country and our ability to find solutions despite those disagreements is what makes us unique.”

The Shenandoah Valley farm-to-table restaurant asked Sanders and her family to leave because she works for President Trump, who called the restaurant “filthy” for showing her the door.

“The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”

The president has not eaten at a restaurant not owned or licensed by the Trump Organization in the United States since his election, according to records kept by CBS News’ Mark Knoller.


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