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This Saturday, June 23, 2018 photo shows the Red Hen Restaurant in downtown Lexington, Va.

By Mallory Shelbourne,The Hill

President Trump said early Monday that the Virginia restaurant that refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is "dirty" and "needs a paint job."

"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," the president wrote on Twitter.

"I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!"

The president's tweet comes after Sanders confirmed over the weekend that the owner of a restaurant in Lexington, Va. asked her to leave while she dined out with a group of people.

"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," Sanders wrote on Twitter Saturday.

"I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so," she added.

The owner of the restaurant, Stephanie Wilkinson, told The Washington Post that she asked Sanders directly to leave the establishment.

"I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation," Wilkinson told the Post.

Wilkinson said Sanders quickly agreed to leave.

The incident occurred the same week protesters confronted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Washington, D.C. restaurant over the administration's immigration policy.


A heckler also targeted White House senior adviser Stephen Miller in a separate incident at a Washington, D.C. restaurant last week, according to the New York Post.

All three of the incidents come as the Trump administration grapples with the fallout from its "zero tolerance" policy at the southern border.

The policy, unveiled in April when Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed the Justice Department to prioritize the criminal prosecution of individuals who attempt to unlawfully cross the U.S.-Mexico border, caused the separation of children from their families.

Amid mounting political pressure, Trump last week signed an executive order allowing families to remain together.

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