White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Saturday that she had been asked to leave a Virginia restaurant on Friday night because she worked for President Donald Trump.

“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,” Ms Sanders said on the official Press Secretary Twitter account.

On Saturday, the owner of the Red Hen confirmed the incident and said she stood by her decision to refuse service to Ms Sanders, the Washington Post reported.

“Absolutely, yes,” the paper reported Stephanie Wilkinson as saying. “We just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions.”

Ms Wilkinson and the Red Hen could not be reached by phone on Saturday. Several thousand people have posted messages of support and criticism of the restaurant for the move on its Yelp page.

Last week, Kirstjen Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security secretary, was confronted by protesters at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, DC. Protesters yelled “Shame! Shame!” after the Trump administration defended its hardline immigration policy at the US-Mexico border.

Ms Nielsen decided to leave the restaurant.

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