WASHINGTON, D.C. — During Wednesday’s press briefing, incoming White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders read a letter sent to President Donald Trump from a young boy named Dylan.
Dylan, a.k.a. “Pickle,” is 9-years-old according to Sanders. She prefaced recitation of the letter by saying, “To remind us a little bit more often about some of the forgotten men, women, and children that we’re here to serve and that the President is fighting for, we’re going to start the White House briefing every once in a while with a letter or an email that we may receive from some of those individuals.”
— Sarah H. Sanders (@SHSanders45) July 26, 2017
Sanders read the letter while adding her own occasional response:
“My name is Dylan Harbin, but everybody calls me Pickle. I’m nine years old, and you’re my favorite President. I like you so much that I had a birthday about you. My cake was the shape of your hat.”
And then Dylan goes on to ask a few questions: “How old are you?” Dylan, President Trump is 71 years old. “How big is the White House?” The White House is 168 feet long, it’s 70 feet tall on the south side, and 60 feet, four inches tall on the north, and it takes 300 gallons of white paint to cover the exterior of the White House residence. It has 132 rooms and approximately 55,000 square feet. “How much money do you have?” Dylan, I’m not sure, but I know it’s a lot.
“I don’t know why people don’t like you.” Me either, Dylan. “You seem really nice. Can we be friends?” I’m happy to say that I directly spoke to the President, Dylan, and he would be more than happy to be your friend. “My picture is in here. So, if you can, see me and say hello.” Dylan, I hope you’re watching, because the President wanted me to personally tell you hello. “Your friend, Dylan.”
Sanders thanked Dylan for writing to President Trump, adding, “if you’re ever in Washington, D.C., I hope you’ll stop by and let us show you around the White House.”
During the briefing Sanders also referenced the words of new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci from last Friday as she stated, “We’re looking to mix things up a little bit.” She spoke of her appointment to the position of White House Press Secretary to succeed Sean Spicer and that she is the first mom ever to serve in the position.
Sanders carried a message for not only her own daughter, but also “every other kid in America” when she said, “Don’t listen to the critics, dream big, and fulfill your potential — because in this country, you still can.”
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