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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the owner of The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, asked her to leave because of her job.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the owner of The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, asked her to leave because of her job.PHOTO: AFP

White House press secretary says asked to leave restaurant for working for Trump

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Saturday (June 23) that she had been asked to leave a Virginia restaurant the night before 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,"Sanders said on the official Press Secretary Twitter account.

"Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so," Sanders said.


US fashion firm sells its take on US first lady's controversial jacket

A US clothing company is taking a sartorial swipe at first lady Melania Trump, selling jackets saying "I really care, don't you?" in response to the "I really don't care" jacket she wore to visit migrant children separated from their parents.

All proceeds from the jackets, selling for US$98, will be donated to a Texas-based refugee and immigrant advocacy group, said Emma McIlroy, chief executive of the Wildfang clothing company in Portland, Oregon.

The first lady's visit on Thursday to a Texas shelter housing migrant children was overshadowed by the jacket she wore with the words: "I really don't care, do u?" scrawled in white brush strokes on the back.


Donald Trump defends policies on border, North Korea in visit to Las Vegas

US President Donald Trump defended his tough stance on immigrants crossing the US border with Mexico on Saturday (June 23), praising his administration for a job well done and saying his approach will make the United States stronger.

Trump also said his peace initiative with North Korea was already paying off despite criticism that his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this month was long on positive imagery but short on specific accomplishments.

Trump, who was in Las Vegas to lend support to US Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, a Republican who is facing a stiff challenge to re-election, has been under fire for a policy that separates children from their parents when they illegally cross the US border with Mexico.


Saudi women driving ban ends

Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive from Sunday (June 24), overturning the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform that is expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.

The lifting of the ban, which follows a sweeping crackdown on women activists, is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform drive to modernise the conservative petrostate.

Potentially thousands of female drivers are set to take the wheel as the desert kingdom ends the decades-old ban, long a glaring symbol of repression against women.


World Cup: Late Kroos winner against Sweden keeps Germany alive

A dramatic stoppage-time goal from Toni Kroos gave holders Germany a 2-1 win over Sweden on Saturday (June 23) to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup last 16.

Kroos curled in a superb strike from an indirect free kick to grab the three points for the four-times world champions who are now level with Sweden in Group F on three points and behind Mexico who have six.

Sweden took the lead in the 32nd minute when Ola Toivonen finished confidently after Germany’s Toni Kroos gave the ball away in midfield.