White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders might have violated an ethics regulation with her tweet about being asked to leave a Virginia restaurant, according to former U.S. Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub.
President Trump bashed a restaurant in Virginia over cleanliness Monday in response to its treatment of Sarah Sanders, but recent Virginia health department records show that the Red Hen easily passed its most recent inspections.
Wilkinson did not respond to CNN requests for comment over the weekend.
The incident comes days after protesters assailed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant in downtown Washington, just as the administration was coming under fire for its policy of separating undocumented immigrant families at the USA border with Mexico.
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A summary: Conservatives say that booting Sanders was uncivil, and we should be able to interact with people whose politics we abhor.
It was later revealed that Sanders' ejection was prompted by the restaurant's gay employees.More news: Saudi Arabia World Cup Team Flight Catches Fire In Mid Air
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) called it "disgusting" that Sanders would share her experience, and suggested her story was a malicious attack against an innocent private business.
Breitbart News reported Jaike Foley-Schultz, a waiter at the restaurant, wrote on Facebook about the incident on Saturday. "If you're talking about an administration that does this to people and then you say, 'Now I'm not going to serve you, ' you just became what you hated and what you were standing up against".
Wilkinson went to the restaurant and pulled Sanders aside.
Wilkinson, however, told the Post that she had no regrets about her decision.
Donald Trump has weighed in on the controversy surrounding his press secretary getting refused service at a restaurant.
After she arrived and saw Sanders and company dining on a cheese board, she halted the workers in the kitchen, who were preparing the party's main course, to ask them how they felt. The restaurant's answering machine said, "We are not affiliated with any other Red Hen restaurant". He endorsed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, for example, even after multiple women said Moore had sexually assaulted them.