‘You are my favourite president’: White House reads 9-year-old’s letter to Trump at press briefing

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The White House wants America to know that U.S. President Donald Trump has the support of a 9-year-old named Dylan.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was last week named Trump’s new press secretary, opened Wednesday’s White House press briefing by reading a letter of praise she said was from the child.

“I’m 9 years old and you are my favourite president,” Sanders read, “I like you so much I had a birthday about you.”

With reporters looking on, Sanders then answered a few questions Dylan had posed in his letter, including “how big is the White House?” and “how much money do you have?”

“I don’t know why people don’t like you,” she continued reading. “You seem really nice. Can we be friends?”

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Sanders spent much of Wednesday’s briefing addressing questions about Trump’s plan to bar transgender individuals from the U.S. military. In a series of morning tweets, Trump had earlier said he wants transgender people barred from serving “in any capacity.”

Sanders described the move as a “military decision” and said Trump was concerned the current policy “erodes military readiness and military cohesion.” She said the secretary of defence was notified yesterday after Trump made the decision.

Later in the press briefing, Sanders said she would end proceedings early if reporters continued to ask questions about the transgender issue.

Here’s the full text of Dylan’s letter, complete with spelling errors:

Dear President Trump

My name is Dylan (redacted) but every body calls me pickle. I’m 9 years old and you are my fovrit President. I like you so much I had a birthday about you. My cake was the shap of your hat. How old ar you? How big is the white hose? Ho much monny do you have? I dont now why people don’t like you. You seme nice can we be friends? My pitcher is in here so if you see me you can say hi.

Your friend


With files from The Associated Press